Steven Matz shut down for three weeks; Zack Wheeler earns rotation spot

The Mets have a slew of injuries to begin the 2017 MLB season.

The Mets will start the 2017 season without one of their promising young pitchers.

Steven Matz will be shutdown for three weeks after receiving aPRP injection Monday into his sore elbow. Luckily for Matz and the Mets, there is no structural damage, according to Newsday.

Zack Wheeler, who has not pitched an MLB game since September 2014 due to arm injuries, has been named the team's No. 4 starter. Wheeler will pitch the team's fourth game of the season, while being placed on an innings cap.

Wheeler, 26, is 18-16 with a 3.50 ERA and 271 strikeouts throughout his career. He will join Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey andRobert Gsellman in the rotation to start the season. Gsellman will move into the bullpen once Matz returns.

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