The Mets top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler got back on the mound for the first time since he was scratched from his second Grapefruit League start eight days ago because of a strained right oblique.
The righthander did a light bullpen session, throwing 30 pitches off the mound at about 70%.
"It was the first time on the mound in like a week or a week and a half," Wheeler said. "I was just throwing maybe 70% or 75%.
"But I let a few of them go, just to see how it felt and it felt good.
He said it was the first time since he strained his side that he felt no discomfort.
"Today is probably the first day that it is 100%," Wheeler said. "Leading up to this day it was getting better every day. So expected it."
Wheeler, who the franchise is determined to start out in Triple-A this summer, said he will continue to get treatment on the oblique through out spring training as a preventative. He is expected to get one more appearance in a Grapefruit League appearance before being sent over to the minor league camp.


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