Mets Lose Wheeler to Tommy John Surgery

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Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — For the second straight season, the New York Mets will be without one of their top pitchers.

Zach Wheeler has been diagnosed with a full tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair it.

Last season, the Mets were without ace Matt Harvey as he also recovered from Tommy John surgery. 

“Obviously we wish the best for him,” Harvey said. “We’re all going to be behind him. Obviously being pretty recently through that process, anything he needs, we’re going to always be there and help him out. It’s an unfortunate thing. He wants to be playing just as bad as the next guy. It’s a tough day for all of us.”

The team also lost left-handed reliever Josh Edgin to the same surgery on Sunday.

The Mets will lean on Dillon Gee, who started 22 games last season for New York, in place of the injured Wheeler.


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