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Zack Wheeler’s shoulder has no structural damage


Yesterday the Mets placed Zack Wheeler on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder. Today we learn that, while that is less than ideal, it could’ve been way worse: Tim Healey of Newsday is hearing that there is no structural damage in Wheeler’s shoulder.

Wheeler, 29, has a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season. While the Mets season is in the toilet, they no doubt aim to try to deal the soon-to-be free agent before the July 31 trade deadline. With the IL stint, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give only one or two starts before then, but it’s better than nothing. If there is any delay in his coming back the Mets will likely see him walk with nothing to show for it at all.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.