Zack Wheeler was shut down for the season with shoulder stiffness. However, Terry Collins told WFAN on Tuesday that Wheeler is fine.
“There is nothing to worry about,” Collins said.
Wheeler was examined by a doctor last week, but did not receive an MRI.
“I don’t want this to sound bad, but everything is a big story here,” Collins said, regarding published concerns about Wheeler’s status.
According to Collins, Wheeler had been talking about typical fatigue prior to his last start, then complained of stiffness in his shoulder. Wheeler tossed a bullpen session, said he felt good, but Collins insisted he be shut down anyway.
“He’s going to be fine,” Collins reiterated. “But with what happened to Matt Harvey, there is no sense in pushing this guy.”
Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA over 100 innings with the Mets. Overall, Wheeler threw 168 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the Mets.