Mets prospect Wheeler placed on DL

Mets prospect Wheeler placed on DL

The Mets got some distressing news regarding their top pitching prospect Thursday, when they announced that Zack Wheeler will be placed on the seven-day disabled list for Double-A Binghamton.

Wheeler, 21, had been scheduled to pitch on Friday. The former first-round draftee was diagnosed with an avulsion -- defined by as "a tearing away" -- to the nail on his right middle finger. Wheeler is 1-2 with a 1.75 ERA through his first five starts with Binghamton.

The Mets acquired Wheeler, the sixth overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, last summer in a July deal with San Francisco. The Giants received Carlos Beltran in the trade.

Wheeler is 13-12 with a 3.43 ERA and 229 strikeouts in 199 1/3 innings as a professional. The Mets are expected to start right-hander Gonzalez Germen in Wheeler's place on Friday. German, 24, has gone 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA in five appearances -- four starts -- for Class A Port St. Lucie.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.