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Wheeler set to throw off mound Saturday

Latest step for 25-year-old after Tommy John surgery in March 2015
MLB.com @AnthonyDiComo

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Zack Wheeler will cruise past another milestone in his Tommy John rehab on Saturday when he throws off the slope of a mound for the first time since surgery. The Mets expect Wheeler to toss a dozen or so pitches.

Wheeler, 25, has been throwing off flat ground since late last summer. He is targeting a July 1 return, at which point the Mets will either move to a temporary six-man rotation or shift Bartolo Colon to the bullpen.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Zack Wheeler will cruise past another milestone in his Tommy John rehab on Saturday when he throws off the slope of a mound for the first time since surgery. The Mets expect Wheeler to toss a dozen or so pitches.

Wheeler, 25, has been throwing off flat ground since late last summer. He is targeting a July 1 return, at which point the Mets will either move to a temporary six-man rotation or shift Bartolo Colon to the bullpen.

"He's a ways away," manager Terry Collins said, "so I'm not going to get too amped up yet."

In his only full big league season in 2014, Wheeler went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 32 starts. He underwent surgery last March after tests revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler