The Rangers have shut pitcher Doug Fister down for the year, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Fister’s rehab timeline for his knee injury made it very unlikely he would pitch in the majors this season, so the club has simply sent him home to continue his rehab.
Fister, 34, signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Rangers in November. The contract includes a $4.5 million club option for 2019 with a $500,000 buyout. Over 66 innings this season, Fister compiled a 4.50 ERA with a 40/19 K/BB ratio across 12 starts.
The Rangers may value Fister’s ability to provide rotation depth, so the club may pick up the relatively cheap club option for next year.
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.