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Mets' Alderson: Wheeler won't be rushed

Sandy Alderson speaks about pitcher Johan Santana during

Sandy Alderson speaks about pitcher Johan Santana during a news conference. (Aug. 22, 2012) Credit: AP

ST. LOUIS - Zack Wheeler's recent outings have been "very encouraging," according to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, though a promotion to the major leagues does not appear imminent for the club's top pitching prospect.

"Bringing Zack Wheeler up here, does it create a second day out of five that fans would have a greater interest in watching us play?" Alderson told WFAN radio Monday. "Yeah, I think initially. But if he doesn't have success, that won't last very long."

Alderson cautioned against viewing Wheeler as "the savior" of a starting rotation that has been devoid of consistency with the exception of Matt Harvey.

Alderson left open the chance of promoting Wheeler before next month's Super Two arbitration deadline.

Coaches don't play

Even with the Mets reeling, Alderson said Terry Collins and his coaches are in no danger of being fired. He praised the staff for maintaining a positive attitude despite a slide that put the Mets six games under .500 at the start of play Monday.

D'Arnaud to be examined

Travis d'Arnaud will be examined on Friday by team doctors, who will determine whether the top catching prospect will be cleared for weight-bearing activity. D'Arnaud has been in a walking boot since suffering a nondisplaced foot fracture last month.

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