JUPITER, Fla. -- The Mets' ever-growing injury list apparently does not discriminate against Minor League players. Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler turned his left ankle walking up the steps to his apartment last weekend, and will not make his next start in Minor League camp.
"The ankle is fine everybody," Wheeler tweeted after the Mets announced his injury. "It's nothing serious. I threw on it today. And we are just taking it easy. It's Spring Training. Still early."
No. 1 on MLB.com's list of the Mets' Top 20 Prospects, Wheeler did not join older and more experienced pitching prospects Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia in big league camp this spring. But at least prior to his injury, he did stand a good chance of starting the season alongside those two at Double-A Binghamton.
Whether an extended absence might change that is nothing more than speculation for now. No matter what, the Mets will proceed cautiously with the 21-year-old Wheeler, who allowed a total of six runs in six starts after the Mets acquired him from San Francisco last summer.