Zack Wheeler Makes Solid Start, and Police Stop a Tim Tebow Fan

Tim Tebow in a Mets exhibition game Friday. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

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Not every day in spring training is eventful, but Friday certainly was for the Mets.

To start, Zack Wheeler threw his first competitive pitches since undergoing Tommy John surgery two years ago. It has been a long road back for Wheeler, who still hopes to be part of a Big Five starting rotation that would also include Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz.

If and when that will ever happen remains to be seen, but Friday’s effort was a good beginning. In a road game against the Atlanta Braves, Wheeler threw 31 pitches over two innings, allowed two hits and one run and had a walk and a strikeout.

Wheeler, 26, made his major league debut with the Mets in 2013 and made 49 starts that season and the next before his elbow gave out. His career record is 18-16. Even if he impresses in spring training, this season he is likely to be only a part-time starter, at best, as the Mets carefully limit his innings.

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