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Zack Wheeler Injury Update, Who is Zack Wheeler? 

Zack Wheeler, the Phillies pitcher, recently faced an injury. Despite some setbacks, he continues to make progress and is expected to return to form. Stay updated on his recovery status and upcoming performances.

by Rubaditsha

Updated Jul 10, 2024

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Zack Wheeler Injury Update, Who is Zack Wheeler? 

Zack Wheeler Injury Update

The Phillies defeated the Dodgers 10-1 on Tuesday, with Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber returning from the injured list. However, Zack Wheeler left the game after the fifth inning due to tightness in his lower back. Wheeler mentioned that his back has been bothering him since he landed hard on the mound late last month at Citizens Bank Park.

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“It just tightened up on me then,” Wheeler explained. Despite this, he still aims to make his next start on Sunday against Oakland, although the team might give him more rest if needed. The Phillies’ rotation has faced challenges with Taijuan Walker and Spencer Turnbull on the injured list, but rookies Michael Mercado and Tyler Phillips are stepping in.

Wheeler remains optimistic but cautious. “We’ve just got to take it day by day and see how it goes,” he said. The team might adjust their rotation after the All-Star break to ensure Wheeler gets enough recovery time.

Zack Wheeler Injury Update, Who is Zack Wheeler? 
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Who is Zack Wheeler?

Zack Wheeler, born May 30, 1990, is an American baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in MLB. He previously played for the New York Mets. Wheeler grew up in Smyrna, Georgia, then moved to Dallas, Georgia, before high school.

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At East Paulding High School, he led his team to the state playoffs in 2009 and pitched a no-hitter. The San Francisco Giants picked him sixth overall in the 2009 MLB Draft. Wheeler chose to sign with the Giants instead of playing college baseball at Kennesaw State. He played in the Giants' minor league teams in 2010 and 2011 before being traded to the Mets.

Wheeler made his MLB debut with the Mets in 2013. In 2015, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and had Tommy John surgery, missing the 2016 season and returning in 2017. After injuries limited him in 2017, Wheeler had a strong 2018 season. He signed a five-year contract with the Phillies in December 2019.

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Name Zachary Harrison Wheeler
Born May 30, 1990
Age 34 years old
Birthplace Smyrna, Georgia, U.S.

Zack Wheeler Age

As of 2024, Zack Wheeler is 34 years old. Zack Wheeler was born on May 30, 1990, in Smyrna, Georgia, and grew up in Dallas, Georgia, with his parents Barry and Elaine Wheeler. His father played amateur baseball for 15 years, and his mother played competitive softball while caring for her children, even placing a playpen in the dugout during tournaments.

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Zack, the youngest of three brothers, was influenced by his family's love for baseball. His oldest brother, Jacob, stopped playing sports after heart surgery, and his middle brother, Adam, pitched in the Yankees' minor league system before an injury ended his career.

The Wheeler family moved to Dallas when Zack was 13. He attended East Paulding High School, where he excelled in baseball and basketball. As a junior, Wheeler had a standout season, earning the Georgia High School Association 4A Region Pitcher of the Year award. His senior year included a no-hitter and being named Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year. East Paulding retired his No. 45 jersey in 2015.

Zack Wheeler Career

The San Francisco Giants drafted Zack Wheeler sixth overall in the 2009 MLB Draft, but he signed with them on August 17, 2009, for a $3.3 million bonus, despite previously committing to Kennesaw State. Wheeler started the 2010 season with the Class A Augusta GreenJackets but was briefly sidelined with a fingernail injury.

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He ended the season with a 3.99 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 58+2⁄3 innings. In 2011, Wheeler, ranked as the Giants' second-best prospect, was traded to the New York Mets for Carlos Beltrán. He excelled with the Double-A Binghamton Mets in 2012, leading the Eastern League in strikeouts and earning All-Star honors.

Wheeler made his MLB debut in June 2013, showcasing impressive performance but faced injury setbacks in 2015, requiring Tommy John surgery. Returning to form, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2020, where he signed a five-year, $118 million contract and later secured a three-year, $126 million extension in March 2024

Zack Wheeler Wife

Zack Wheeler is married to Dominique. The couple has two children: a son born on July 20, 2020, just before the start of the shortened 2020 MLB season, and a younger daughter. Zack and Dominique live in Dallas, Georgia, during the offseason.

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Zack has a close friendship with Chipper Jones, a retired player from the Atlanta Braves. They met through Jones' agents, who recruited Zack while he was still in high school. This connection led to a lasting friendship between the two.

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Zack Wheeler Net Worth

Zack Wheeler is an American baseball pitcher with a net worth of $70 million. He has been playing for the Philadelphia Phillies since 2020. Before joining the Phillies, Wheeler played for the New York Mets. He was with the Mets from 2013 to 2014, then returned to the team from 2017 to 2019 after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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