Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been shut down for the rest of the season and will not start pitching again until he starts to get ready for spring training, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin.
Wheeler was diagnosed with a mild flexor strain after being examined by Dr. James Andrew, Mets assistant GM John Ricco told reporters.
Wheeler's right elbow, which he had Tommy John surgery on in March of 2015, is structurally sound and Ricco would not rule him out for the season.Wheeler felt discomfort in his elbow after his only rehab appearance, which was cut short due to rain Aug. 6.
"He felt it after that one initial outing," Ricco said of Wheeler's most-recent pain. "He still felt some soreness a couple of days later."
Dr. David Altchek, not Dr. Andrews, performed Wheeler's Tommy John surgery in March, 2015.
According to Ricco, Wheeler wanted to be examined by a different doctor, since he's had multiple setbacks during his current 17-month rehab.
"I think in some ways, it's peace of mind for Zack," Ricco concluded.
Wheeler went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA for the Mets in 2014 before undergoing surgery in March 2015. His return to action was also delayed five weeks after having an undissolved stitch surgically removed. He later had an anti-inflammatory injection to treat nerve pain.
Prior to this most recent setback, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins repeatedly said during late-July that Wheeler would not return to the Mets until at least the first week of September.