Sunday, June 16, 2013
Wheeler gets a date
By Jason Catania
At long last, the New York Mets have decided when highly-touted prospect Zack Wheeler will make his major league debut.
The 22-year-old right-hander's arrival has been eagerly awaited in recent weeks, and the team announced via Twitter that Wheeler will make his first start in the bigs on Tuesday, June 18 on the road against the Atlanta Braves.
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.comspeculates that Wheeler could get the second game of the doubleheader that day, with ace Matt Harvey pitching the day contest.
Early-to-mid June has been the projected timeframe for the Super Two deadline to pass, meaning the Mets should be clear of making Wheeler eligible for an extra pass through arbitration.
Expect the Mets to be very careful with Wheeler’s workload once he gets here, as he'll likely be capped at 180 innings this year, meaning he could face the same mid-September shutdown that Harvey experienced last season, Rubin reports.