Zack Wheeler returned for the Phillies Wednesday night at home against the Mets after dealing with a nasty fingernail injury that pushed his start back from the series in Miami.
Wheeler's fastball was 98-99 mph in the first inning. His night began with a jam-job popup and he struck out J.D. Davis with a 99 mph heater two batters later.
He relied on his fastball. Wheeler threw 30 pitches through the first two scoreless innings — 18 were four-seamers, four were two-seamers.
The nail issue clearly did not affect his velocity, but man, does it look nasty.
Wheeler has had problems with the nail on his right middle finger since his junior year of high school. He has managed it through the years but ripped it open while putting on a pair of jeans last week.
Fortunately for the Phillies, the injury resulted in Wheeler's start being pushed back only four days. He has been one of the National League's top starting pitchers this season, entering Wednesday night 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA in eight starts.
Combined, Wheeler and Aaron Nola have a 2.43 ERA in 107⅓ innings.