Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler undergoes Tommy John surgery

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has undergone Tommy John surgery, the team said on Wednesday.
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New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has undergone Tommy John surgery, the team said on Wednesday.

Wheeler tore his ulnar collateral ligament and also reportedly injured his flexor pronator tendon.

The UCL was replaced with a forearm tendon and the flexor pronator tendon was repaired. Wheeler likely will be sidelined until next spring.

Wheeler, 24, posted a 3.54 ERA with 187 strikeouts and 79 walks in 185.1 innings last season.

Dillon Gee is expected to replace Wheeler in the Mets' starting rotation. New York opens the season on April 6 against the Washington Nationals.

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