Mets option 10 players to Minor League camp

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets trimmed their roster to 45 on Sunday, optioning 10 players to Minor League camp.

The team's top pitching prospect, right-hander Zack Wheeler, was among the cuts. The others were right-handers Gonzalez Germen, Collin McHugh, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles, left-hander Darin Gorski, outfielders Juan Lagares and Cesar Puello, and infielders Reese Havens and Wilfredo Tovar.

Wheeler is the Mets' No. 2 prospect -- behind catcher Travis d'Arnaud -- and baseball's No. 8 overall.

Wheeler was not expected to make the Opening Day roster, and admits that an injured right oblique, which set him back the last two weeks, didn't help his case. He's expected to be joined in the Minors by d'Arnaud later this spring, and the two are likely to begin the year with Triple-A Las Vegas.

"Just keep working down there," Wheeler said of the message he got after a meeting with manager Terry Collins, general manager Sandy Alderson and pitching coach Dan Warthen. "Make us pull you up. We'll be looking for you soon."

Joey Nowak is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.