"I've been working my butt off in the weight room and I have a feeling it's going to pay off in the long run," Wheeler said.
Still just 25 years old, Wheeler was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 32 starts last season, his first full big league campaign. He has said he hopes to be back next June or July, which would fall in line with a typical Tommy John rehab.
Recently, Wheeler's name has popped into trade rumors as the Mets attempt to acquire an outfielder prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. General manager Sandy Alderson did not include Wheeler on a list of the club's untouchable young pitchers: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.
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