Zack Wheeler, nine others re-assigned to minor league camp

Zack Wheeler 1 polaroidZack Wheeler has been re-assigned to minor league camp.

Wheeler has made only one appearance so far this spring, striking out two in two innings of work on February 23.

He strained his oblique last week taking batting practice before his second scheduled start – he is expected to pitch a simulated game today at Tradition Field.

The Mets also re-assigned Collin McHugh, Hansel Robles, Gonzalez Germen, Elvin Ramirez, Darin Gorski, Reese Havens, Juan Legares, Wilfredo Tovar and Cesar Puello to minor league camp.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Regardless of Wheeler’s oblique injury, it was pretty clear he was not making the team out of camp. In fact, Terry Collins said earlier this week Wheeler was going to open the season in Las Vegas, so it was just a matter of time before Wheeler was sent down. But, he’s close – the key for him right now is to get back onto a mound, start pitching in games, and get ready for the regular season. If he gets off to a good start in Vegas, and Johan Santana is out for an extended duration, I bet there will be a lot of buzz about Wheeler joining the big league rotation soon after the 20th day of the regular season (that’s the last day Wheeler would be eligible for a full year of Major League service time, which would delay his free agency an extra year).

The Mets now have 45 players remaining in big league camp.