The Mets are placing RHP Zack Wheeler on the 10-day IL due to shoulder fatigue he experienced Sunday while preparing for his next start, the team said Monday.
A person close to Wheeler told SNY's Andy Martino that the pitcher is fine, should be back pitching in time to be traded by July 31, and that the IL situation is seen as a blip.
Wheeler, who had been slated to start on Tuesday night against the Twins in Minnesota (Steven Matz will start in his place), will be eligible to be activated from the IL on July 22.
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Friday that the team needed to face its "reality" when it came to their place in the standings and plans in advance of the trade deadline, strongly suggesting that Wheeler was going to be made available in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.
With Wheeler now on the IL, his trade value will hinge on the severity of the shoulder issue he is dealing with and whether he will be able to return and prove to interested teams that he's healthy before the deadline.
Since the Mets are off on July 22, the earliest Wheeler can pitch is July 23. If he returns and starts on either July 23, 24, or 25, he would be able to make one additional start between then and the trade deadline.
The 29-year-old Wheeler is set to be a free agent after the season. If the Mets don't trade him, they will have the option of extending a qualifying offer to him after the season. If the Mets extend a qualifying offer and Wheeler rejects it, they will receive a compensation pick in next year's MLB Draft.
Wheeler's 2019 season has not been as strong as his 2018 campaign, when he had a second half of the season that was as dominant as anyone in the league.
So far this season, Wheeler has a 4.69 ERA (3.66 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP with 130 strikeouts in 119 innings (19 starts).
Before being placed on the IL, Wheeler had been on pace to throw a career-high 207 innings.