{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Wheeler making progress in rehab

|

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler continues to make slow but steady progress in his rehab from a strained right oblique muscle, climbing atop a mound Thursday for the first time since injuring himself on Feb. 27.

With a small gaggle of teammates and coaches looking on, Wheeler threw a 30-pitch bullpen session at an estimated three-quarters effort.

"Honestly, today is probably the first day that it's 100 percent," Wheeler said of his oblique, which he injured during pitcher's batting practice. "Leading up to this day, it was getting better every day. I'll continue to get treatment for it probably throughout Spring Training, a little preventative thing."

The Mets have no intention of rushing Wheeler back into game action, considering he will not break camp with the big club anyway. Still, the right-hander is anxious to make his second career Grapefruit League start after dazzling with two scoreless innings in his first one.

Said Wheeler: "Everybody at this point wants to face live hitters and be in games."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español