Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler to have elbow surgery next week

Mar 20, 2015 12:56 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler says he will have Tommy John surgery early next week and is expecting a 14-month rehabilitation, a schedule that would put him back in the major leagues in June 2016.

The 24-year-old right-hander has a complete tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, a partial tendon tear and a calcium deposit on the bone. He has been pitching with elbow pain, which was caused by tendinitis, since he was selected by San Francisco with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft.

He said Friday the pain intensified after he threw 120 pitches, his big league career high, in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 15.

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