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Terry Collins told reporters Zack Wheeler has shoulder stiffness, and so he has been shutdown for the season.

"With what's happen with Matt, it's not time to take chances," Collins explained.

Wheeler will not undergo any tests on his shoulder at this time - the stiffness is being attributed to fatigue.

Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 starts after being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in mid-June. He threw 100 innings in the big leagues, and 68 2/3 innings with the 51s this season. He threw 149 innings in 2012.

Everyone in the organization - including Wheeler - stressed the importance for Wheeler to go through the grind of a full season. He got close, but there is absolutely no reason to push Wheeler with a stiff shoulder. In the end, he had an outstanding first year, adjusted and grew as the season went along and learned to experience the big league life, a goal for both him and the organization in this transition season. I expect more growth for Wheeler next season as he takes these next important steps in his professional career - that will begin with his second big league camp and a secure roster spot heading into Opening Day next year.

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