SportsMets Zack Wheeler throws a baseball for first time since Tommy John surgery Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a bullpen session during a spring training workout on Monday Feb. 23, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa By STEVEN MARCUS / NEWSDAY firstname.lastname@example.org @newsdaymarcus July 27, 2015 3:27 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email 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 By STEVEN MARCUS / NEWSDAY email@example.com @newsdaymarcus Steven Marcus started at Newsday in 1972 and has covered high school, college and professional sports. He is a voting member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.