Zack Wheeler pitches five innings in return to the mound

Zack Wheeler 2 LV polaroidToday in Iowa, Zack Wheeler allowed three runs and five hits, with two walks and two strikeouts, over five innings.

Wheeler faced 22 batters and threw 67 pitches, 43 of which were strikes. He allowed two solo home runs and recorded nine fly outs and three ground outs.

Wheeler was throwing his fastball 97 mph, according to the Iowa Cubs’ broadcast.

Last night on SNY, Sandy Alderson suggested Wheeler would only need two or three more good starts at Triple-A, after which he could be considered for a promotion.

Michael Baron, Contributor

If he can throw 97 mph, I’d say Wheeler’s AC joint is fine.

Wheeler was clearly shaking off some rust after not pitching for ten days. He struggled with his command at times and was working up in the zone for much of the afternoon. He pitched to a lot of contact but was able to get some big outs and work out of some jams. It was a good outing all things considered and another positive step for Wheeler, and should go a long way towards easing concerns over his health and progress.