Zack Wheeler to make 2-3 more starts, then join Mets

Zack Wheeler LV 1 polaroidZack Wheeler is expected to make 2-3 more starts for Triple-A Las Vegas and then join the Mets, a high-ranking team official told Mike Puma reports for the New York Post.

“If not for the minor setback with the shoulder, he might already be here,” the source told Puma.

Earlier this week, Sandy Alderson said on SNY that he would consider promoting Wheeler to the majors if he was able to make two or three good starts following a cortisone injection in his shoulder earlier this month.

This past Wednesday, Wheeler allowed three runs and five hits, with two walks and two strikeouts, over five innings against Triple-A Iowa. It was his first start since May 11.

In nine starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, Wheeler is 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA, having allowed 21 earned runs on 45 hits with 20 walks and 49 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings – he is 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA over his last four starts.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

May 22: If asked, I’d say Wheeler makes his big-league debut just after June 10, after an off day, in the middle of the team’s nine-game home stand. Earlier this week, I heard the Mets wanted Wheeler to get three or four more starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, to put this shoulder situation behind him, before having him join the big-league rotation. Here, Alderson said two or three. In either case, they’d like him to be pitching well, and be strong. They do not want to promote him just to promote him. They want it to feel like a seamless transition, keeping him on rhythm and healthy.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’ve said it before I don’t think the organization is as concerned about the ‘Super Two’ threshold as they are about Wheeler simply being ready for the big leagues. Well, his last four starts present a pretty fair argument as to readiness, and it’s quite possible he will be promoted before the ‘Super Two’ cutoff. He’s shown he’s beyond his early season command issues and is ready; we know it, and the organization clearly realizes it’s about time to bring the kid up. But, if anyone thinks Wheeler is going to come here and save the 2013 Mets, think again. Everyone – including Wheeler – will need to be patient with him this season, no matter when he arrives, and in turn a fair expectation needs to be assigned.