Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a stress reaction in his right arm, the team announced Monday.
"I sort of expected bumps in the road coming back this year," Wheeler, who missed the previous two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, told reporters on Monday. "It's just unfortunate because everything else feels awesome -- elbow, shoulder, everything feels great. And that's why it's so frustrating for me. The surgery repair feels great. This is something stupid and small that I can't help. I just want to go out there and pitch, but this is holding me back for a bit."
Wheeler said only the bone was irritated as opposed to a fracture. The team has not yet given a timetable for when Wheeler would return, however Wheeler told reporters he would take matters slowly.
"I'm not going to be dumb and try to push something that I think would hurt me after missing two full seasons," said Wheeler, who allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings in his last start on Saturday. "That's just stupid."
The 27-year-old Wheeler, who was also on the DL from June 21 to July 1 due to biceps tendinitis, told the team he had discomfort a week ago and underwent a CT scan that revealed the injury in his right humerus bone after Saturday's game.
"He's dealt with it for a little bit," manager Terry Collins told reporters on Monday. "It's bothered him from time to time. We just thought that right now, maybe it's time to give him a rest."
RHP Tyler Pill has been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Wheeler's place on the roster.
Wheeler's ERA was 3.45 after his start on June 7, but has since risen to 5.21. He has a 1.59 WHIP and has allowed 97 hits (including 15 home runs) while striking out 81 batters in 86 1/3 innings (17 starts) this season.
Along with Wheeler, the Mets are without Noah Syndergaard (torn lat), Matt Harvey (scapula) and Robert Gsellman (hamstring).