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.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.