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Zack Wheeler strains muscle in side

Updated: February 28, 2013, 4:04 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler admitted he was "definitely" looking forward to facing the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran for the first time, since the players were swapped in a July 28, 2011, trade.

A pregame introduction with no in-game faceoff will have to suffice for now.

Wheeler was scratched Wednesday from his first career Grapefruit League start with a mild strain of an oblique muscle on his right side, general manager Sandy Alderson announced before ...

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