In another turn of events for the New York Mets, pitcher Zack Wheeler was scratched from his start due to what all are calling a mild oblique strain. Evidently, Wheeler aggravated it while taking batting practice, which leaves Darin Gorski to replace him according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.
This seems to be an ongoing issue year after year with the Mets, and it may be about time someone checks further into their training program. From Carlos Delgado to Jose Reyes to Frank Francisco last season, the nagging injury always seems to take a couple of MLB players out of the Mets lineup each year. Now Wheeler, who was set to make his second appearance this spring, will now have to wait to amaze the fans in Florida.
Wheeler impressed with two scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals in his debut, but is still a long shot to make the rotation and head north with the Mets. That scenario is put back even further if he can not get on the mound.
Batting practice is a necessity if you play in the NL, but there must be something that can be done to help this annual predicament. We will find out more as the following days unfold, but something tells me from past experience this will linger longer than any of us would hope.