WHEELS SET TO COME OFF
After finding out that Josh Edgin needed Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire 2015 season, the news got worse for the Mets as they determined Edgin would not be alone.
The Mets announced last week that Zack Wheeler has a torn ligament and that Tommy John surgery was very likely for the youngster. It is now confirmed that Wheeler will need surgery, and it could be as early as Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
How long can the Mets expect to miss Wheeler? A 2016 mid-season return is estimated.
Dillion Gee is the most likely candidate for replacing Wheeler's spot in the starting rotation. Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Gee said "this is not how I wanted to be in the rotation." Gee also told Carig, "I hate this is the way I'm back in it."
If things couldn't get any bleaker for the Mets, Terry Collins gave his concerns regarding another bullpen arm as well.
The Mets have shut down Black for at least another day after he said he felt pain in his arm during a throwing session on Tuesday. The hope is that Black can still be ready for Opening Day, but in case he isn't, Sandy Alderson hinted at the possibility of Rafael Montero claiming a spot in the bullpen to begin the season, according to Adam Rubin.
It would be in the Mets' best interests to trade for a left-handed reliever before Opening Day. The bullpen has taken a massive blow after the Edgin news, and with the strong possibility of Black being out too, the depth of bullpen relief is in serious question.
The acquisition of Zach Thornton in last year's deal that sent Ike Davis to Pittsburgh could prove to be some help now that the concerns for Black are increasing.
Thornton has been labeled by Collins as a "ground ball machine" thus far in spring training, tossing five innings and allowing just one earned run.
Daniel Murphy joined the list of injured Mets after leaving yesterday's spring training game against the Cardinals with a right hamstring strain. He was sent back to Port St. Lucie to be examined by team trainers. Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports that Murphy has not received an MRI and is listed as day to day.