The Mets said righthander Zack Wheeler "played catch" on Monday as he threw a baseball for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in March. The session took place at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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Wheeler reportedly made 60 throws. In a text to Newsday, he said the planned throwing session "definitely went well" and that he felt "strong and good" afterward. He added that the session was "pain-free."

Wheeler is not expected back in the Mets' rotation until June or July of next season. He was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA last season and is 18-16 with a 3.50 ERA in two big- league seasons.