Mets’ Zack Wheeler scheduled to begin rehab assignment Saturday
NEW YORK — Rehabbing Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler will hit a major milestone this week.
Wheeler, who underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2015, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in the minor leagues on Saturday, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.
“I expect him to be in a game on Saturday, for those of you who want to make reservations,” Alderson joked.
Wheeler threw a simulated game Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with his fastball sitting at 90-93 mph, Alderson said.
Minor-league rehab assignments for pitchers can be stretched out for as long as 30 days, pointing toward an early September return for Wheeler, barring any setbacks.
Still, Wheeler’s recovery has already been delayed by two blips, as he underwent a minor surgical procedure to remove a suture knot and then was briefly shut down after experiencing nerve irritation in his surgically repaired right elbow.
Once Wheeler returns, he figures to take Logan Verrett’s spot in the Mets’ starting rotation.
Wheeler, 26, went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA and 187 strikeouts over 185 1/3 innings for the Mets in 2014.