Sandy Alderson indicated to reporters that Zack Wheeler did see a doctor after complaining of shoulder stiffness last week, .
The exam came at the stadium from the doctor on duty, not via a special trip to the Hospital for Special Surgery.
The Mets were satisfied Wheeler does not have an injury, so the rookie was not sent for an MRI.
Wheeler has been shut down for the season. Tonight would have been Wheeler’s originally scheduled start, Aaron Harang has replaced him in the rotation.
Terry Collins said the Mets do not believe there is anything medically wrong with Wheeler. They simply believe the stiffness cropped up because he is roughly 20 innings over his 2012 total.
“He will not be making any more starts,” Terry Collins said.
“After the last start his shoulder was a little stiff. We gave him a couple extra days, he was still stiff yesterday, so we are gonna shut him down.”
Wheeler wanted to proceed with a bullpen session in Philadelphia on Saturday in preparation for his originally scheduled start Monday in Cincinnati, but GM Sandy Alderson and Collins did not grant permission, according to the manager.
“He had a good year,” the Mets manager continued. “He’s done exactly what we wanted him to do. We all know he has gotten better and that’s a great way to go into the wintertime. With what happened with Matt, it’s not time to take chances right now.”
Said Wheeler: “It was a group decision. I’m 20 innings over what I had last year. It’s a little stiff, so we’re just being cautious.”
Wheeler said he is not scheduled for any MRIs or exams with doctors. He will just get regular treatment from team trainers.
Wheeler finishes his rookie season with a 7-5 record and a 3.42 ERA in 17 major league starts. He allowed 90 hits and walked 46 while striking out 84 in 100 innings.
The Mets seem to enjoy playing with fire this season when it came to their players having soreness and stiffness, but they didn’t hesitate when it came to Wheeler. Wilmer Flores, for example, continues to say his ankle is sore and the Mets continue to let him play through it. Matt Harvey had been battling forearm stiffness and soreness for almost two months before they sent him for an MRI and discovered the partial UCL tear in right elbow.
This will likely be something the Mets will monitor and I bet they do eventually send him for an MRI. They would be idiots not to.