TC: Wheeler relief work off table

Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler

#45 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM9
  • W4

  • L2

  • BB28

  • K41

  • ERA3.91

PHOENIX -- Terry Collins, who had floated using Zack Wheeler in relief at the end of the season to get the rookie to the season's finish line while conserving his innings count, said that internally discussed plan is off the table.

Wheeler heads into tonight's start againt the Arizona Diamondbacks at 119 1/3 innings between the majors and minors.

Collins estimated Wheeler would be capped at 180 to 190 innings this season. So he likely has 60 to 70 innings remaining -- which should be enough to remain a starter and yet avoid getting shut down.

A six-man rotation would mean Wheeler making nine starts, including tonight, if he were to finish the season without getting shut down. That allows for an average of roughly seven innings an appearance.