Quote of the Day: Mike Matheny, slave to orthodoxy

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If I were to make up a cliche quote from a manager about bungled bullpen usage, I probably wouldn’t make this one up because it’s too cliche and too on-the-nose. But Mike Matheny said it:

The save stat dictated what the manager of a team facing elimination did with his bullpen. That’s just . . . amazing.

Here’s a managerial quote I prefer:

“You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.”

Leo Durocher said that. It applies both literally and figuratively.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.