The Mets said righthanded pitcher Zack Wheeler "played catch" Monday in his first time throwing a baseball since Tommy John surgery last March. Wheeler threw at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie.

Wheeler reportedly made a total of 60 throws. In a text to Newsday, Wheeler said the planned throwing session "definitely went well" and 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. Wheeler was 11-11 with a 3.54 earned run average last season.

He is 18-16 with a 3.50 ERA in two big league seasons.

With Marc Carig