Zack Wheeler has tenderness in his elbow

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has missed two straight seasons due to Tommy John surgery and a complication-filled recovery therefrom. Now his spring is starting out rocky as well.

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said today that Wheeler felt “a little tenderness” in his elbow following his bullpen session. The thought is that it’s just scar tissue and he’ll be OK, but they said that when he started having setbacks last year too.

The Mets were already looking at an innings limit in the low 100s for wheeler this year, as well as a lot of time in the pen to manage his workload. If his elbow is wonky this spring, it could be even less than that.