The Mets’ Optimistic Spin on Troublesome Wheeler Elbow

New York Post—March 16, 2015

The good news for the Mets on Sunday was that no one appeared to leave the mound in pain.

They now know Josh Edgin — the only lefty in the bullpen — will miss the season after opting for Tommy John surgery. And Zack Wheeler’s status continues to be tenuous at best.

The Mets said they were still awaiting word on Wheeler’s MRI exam results to determine whether he has any structural damage that is causing his elbow soreness.

“I try not to get concerned, because there’s a certain inevitability to, either it is or it isn’t [bad],” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “So I just allow events to unfold, keeping in mind what the alternatives might be.”

This, after the Mets changed course and decided to have Wheeler undergo an MRI exam after initially saying it was unnecessary. And they also acknowledged he had at least one more MRI exam during the offseason.

That’s not the case with Edgin, who was diagnosed with a stretched ligament in his left elbow last week.

Team medical director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, likely on Tuesday and both Edgin and Alderson expressed hope Edgin could be ready for the start of the 2016 season.

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