Wheeler off-limits in first-half finale

July, 14, 2013
7/14/13
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PITTSBURGH -- Starting pitchers often are a consideration to use out of the bullpen on the final day of the first half. That will not be the case with Zack Wheeler, who last pitched Wednesday in San Francisco, and who is not scheduled to open his second half until Saturday.

"If he was a six-year veteran, you probably would," Terry Collins said. "But you're not going to take a kid who you're going to limit his workload anyway on the season and take a chance in putting him in a position that he has probably never done in his minor league career, or his entire career -- and that's bring him out of the bullpen."

The worn-out Mets relief corps could use the help, but Collins said he has no intention of using Wheeler.

"You've got to turn to those relievers and say: 'Get in there and get the aspirin, because we're going to need you,'" Collins said.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187