Zack Wheeler Injury

Zack Wheeler’s tendinitis in his right forearm put him on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, but he isn’t too worried about it. Wheeler told reporters on Thursday that he was placed on the disabled list as a precaution before Friday’s series opener against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park.

Wheeler remarked, “It couldn’t have been more perfect timing.” “To finish the season strong is more important to me than forcing me to keep going right now when I may not be at my peak performance. Because of this, I believe it is the best course of action at the present time.”

Zack Wheeler Injury

The Phillies could not afford to lose their ace for an extended period of time, so this is good news. The Phillies entered Friday needing to win just 37 games to claim their first playoff berth in over a decade. Wheeler’s health is crucial for their postseason chances.

Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said on Thursday, “He felt, by all means, he could take the ball and go out there and pitch” on Friday. “But as we discussed it, we decided that it was better to just get this over with than for him to play through it for the remainder of the season.

Therefore, as we sat in the workplace today, we felt more of an “I can do it” attitude. We just think there are occasions when you have to take the decision away from the person. For the time being, we feel it is best to call a halt to these proceedings.

Although I believe there is still a ways to go, I’d prefer to have Zack Wheeler finish this off. and be at a place where he can get as near to 100% as possible at this time of year.”

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Dombrowski said he expects Wheeler will miss only his next two starts, which were against the worst team in the majors, the Pirates (47-77 as of Friday) (56-67). He and Wheeler are optimistic that the right-hander will be ready to make his season debut on September 6 against the Marlins, the first day he can come off the disabled list. (The sick leave starts this past Monday.)

Wheeler threw a bullpen session on Wednesday as part of his typical routine between starts, and while he wanted to make Friday’s start, he eventually realized that it would be better to try to prevent any lasting concerns for the rest of the season.

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He plans to continue traveling with the team while he receives treatment, and he has said that he will resume throwing in “three to five days” in anticipation of a September 6 return.

“It’s simply that moment when you can use a little bit of relaxation also, and play it carefully,” Wheeler added. Don’t worry about how you’re doing right now; focus on the long road ahead.

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