With the trade deadline just 12 days away. Mickey Callaway updated the status of Zack Wheeler, whose name has come up in rumors time and time again.
"Wheeler played catch, I think he went 70-100-120 (feet), 10 apiece, and then threw 13 off the mound, which is more just continued glorified catch off of a slope," Callaway said before Friday's game with the Giants. "We'll see how he comes in tomorrow and go from them."
Friday night would have been Wheeler's turn to start, thought he right-hander remains on the Injured List with a right shoulder impingement. Walker Lockett will make his third start of the season for the Mets in Wheeler's place.
With the Mets having an off day on Monday, the next time Wheeler's spot in the rotation would come up is July 26th against Pittsburgh, but Callaway explained that Wheeler would need to get through a full bullpen session before returning to game action.
Wheeler has pitched to a 6-6 record this season and a lofty 4.69 ERA. SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that teams interested in Wheeler's services are 'nervous' about the right-hander's health.
The 29-year-old's injury track record may also be cause for concern, with Wheeler missing two seasons due to Tommy John surgery in March 2015.