Zach Wheeler, the right-handed pitcher for the New York Mets, has torn a ligament in his elbow, according to team doctors. This comes as a tragic blow to the team, as they are attempting to compete for a playoff berth, following the return of Matt Harvey after his Tommy Johns surgery.
Doctors for the Mets organization stated if Wheeler needs ligament replacement surgery for the elbow of his pitching arm, he would be out of play until the beginning of the 2016 season. Moreover, the chances of the Mets obtaining a playoff berth this year would be in dire straits.
The team said Wheeler underwent an MRI exam this weekend in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The MRI results were reviewed on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Doctors diagnosed him with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Wheeler will travel to New York later today to confirm the preliminary diagnosis with the team doctors.
By Alex Lemieux
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