Another day, another dose of injury-related news for the Mets. James Wagner of The New York Times reports that the Mets have shut down starter Zack Wheeler for the remainder of the season. Wheeler was placed on the disabled list last month with a stress reaction in his right arm. He recently tried to resume a throwing program and apparently faced a setback.
Wheeler, 27, ends his 2017 campaign with a 5.21 ERA and an 81/40 K/BB ratio over 86 1/3 innings. The right-hander will be eligible for arbitration for the second of three seasons going into the offseason.
Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery on Wednesday. The Mets have also been without Noah Syndergaard and have dealt with injuries to other pitchers including Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, and Jeurys Familia (who will be activated soon). It’s been a rough year.
The Cardinals have placed right-hander Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, per a team announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 20. No definite timetable has been set for his return to the rotation yet, but interim manager Mike Shildt told reporters he feels confident that Martinez will only need to skip one start before taking the mound again.
Martinez, 26, sustained the injury while trying to snare a line drive during Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Cubs. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the righty this season, as he lost nearly four weeks to a right lat strain and pitched to a 5.32 ERA after returning to the Cardinals’ roster in early June. Overall, however, his numbers look a little stronger: He’s 6-6 in 17 starts with a 3.39 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 95 2/3 innings.
In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever John Brebbia has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old Brebbia has already enjoyed three short-lived stints in the majors this season; he currently holds a cumulative 4.13 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 9.9 SO/9 and two saves in 32 2/3 innings with the club.