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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Wheeler could make two more starts

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- It's been widely expected that Mets rookie Zack Wheeler will be shut down prior to the end of the season, but that may not happen after all.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Wheeler will start at least one more time this season. "Maybe two more times," Collins added, unprompted.

Wheeler has pitched 168 2/3 innings this year -- 100 in 17 starts with the Mets, after 68 2/3 in 13 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas. He is 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in the big leagues after his no-decision Tuesday night, giving up four runs in five innings against the Giants, with a career-high six walks.

Wheeler's next start will likely be Monday in Cincinnati. That would leave open the possibility of Wheeler starting against the Brewers in the Mets' final series of the season at Citi Field.