Wheeler Will Start For Mets Wednesday

Mickey Callaway announced that the Mets have officially decided to have Zack Wheeler make his MLB season debut on Wednesday with the team needing a fifth starter for the first time this season.

This will mark the first time the Mets the “Fab Five” will go through a turn of the rotation together. They will have to make a corresponding move to make room for Wheeler on the roster.

Original Post- 5:39 p.m.

With the Mets set to need a fifth starter for the first time this season on Wednesday, the Mets have considered multiple solutions.

It had been speculated that the team might just do a bullpen game for it or have Seth Lugo slide back into the rotation.

However, Mickey Callaway told reporters tonight that the team views Zack Wheeler as a “legitimate option” to start that game instead.

This might have to do with the success both Lugo and Robert Gsellman have had out of the pen, making the team reluctant to move one of them out of the role, even if it would only be for one start.

Wheeler, meanwhile, would be pitching on turn if he were tabbed for the game and he pitched well in his first appearance in Las Vegas. He went five innings while allowing only one run, three hits, and one walk to go along with six strikeouts.

If he were to receive the start the team would see the “Fab Five” take a turn through the rotation together for the first time. The team had planned to do so in Spring Training, but Wheeler struggled mightily as he allowed nine earned runs (11 total) in ten innings pitched.

This would likely be a one-start stint, though, as Jason Vargas continues to progress from right-hand surgery.

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