New York Mets RHP Zack Wheeler suffered a torn ligament in the elbow of his throwing arm, which will put require surgery.
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According to the Associated Press, needs to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery, aka Tommy John Surgery, which will likely shelve him until at least the early part of the 2016 season.
Wheeler reportedly had an MRI taken on Saturday in Florida, and the preliminary diagnosis was a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).
The Mets said Wheeler will travel to New York on Monday to “confirm the diagnosis” and discuss with team medical director Dr. David Altchek on how to proceed.
With the return of Matt Harvey from Tommy John surgery of his own, Wheeler was expected to be one of the key pitchers for the Mets pitching rotation and help them with a possible playoff run.
In his first two seasons with the Mets after being traded from the San Francisco Giants in 2011, Wheeler made 49 starts and went 18-16 as a starter with an ERA of 3.50. In 2014, he recorded his first-ever shut out on June 19 against Miami.