Posted by Mack Ade at 11:11 AM
From Buster Olney...
• Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow last March: The Mets feel they learned from the conservative, extended path Matt Harvey took as he recovered successfully from his elbow reconstruction, so they will take their time with Wheeler. By the time the team breaks from camp at the end of March, Wheeler still will not have pitched in any games, in all likelihood. At the very least, the Mets want there to be a 15-month recovery period, so at the earliest, Wheeler won’t pitch in the big leagues until sometime around midseason. The depth of the Mets’ rotation will allow the team to hold him back and make him take his time.