Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been receiving bone-strengthening injections every day throughout the last six months as part of an effort to rebound from a stress reaction in his right arm, he said on Sunday.
Wheeler was sidelined in July after suffering the injury and he wanted to take the extra precaution.
"It needed two full months of rest," Wheeler said. "I got that, and then I've been taking these shots every day for the past six months. The medicine is called Forteo and it is supposed to strengthen your bones, so hopefully that helps."
Wheeler, who said the shots are usually administered to people with brittle bones, said his arm feels "great" and that he has pitched on the mound six times since.
The 27-year-old has been plagued by injuries throughout his career -- he missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons and was limited to just 17 games in 2017 -- and now he is hoping to shed that label by proving his durability this season.
"I'm just kind of tired of getting labeled as unreliable, as 'He's always hurt,' '' Wheeler said. "I missed two seasons but that was because of one injury [for which he had Tommy John surgery]. I can't help that. I worked my butt off in rehab, was doing great and then this bone issue.''
Wheeler said he has transformed his workout routine and is taking protein shakes, which he says is all part of his goal to make at least 30 starts in 2018.
"I've thrown six bullpens and have been following Mickey and Dave's throwing program,'' he said. "My arm is feeling good, feeling strong, hopefully this will be a big year for me."