Mets pitcher injecting ‘bone growth drug’ into stomach daily
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler hasn’t been able to stay on the baseball field for the better part of three years. He was able to pitch in 17 games last season (with an ugly 5.21 ERA), but hadn’t pitched effectively since 2014. He has a plan to make 30 starts this season however….
Wheeler has been injecting a bone growth drug into his stomach daily for the last six months in an attempt to prevent injury, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports. The drug is called Forteo and helps to form new bone, increase bone mineral density, and increase bone strength.
Wheeler said, “You do a shot in your stomach every day for six months. It’s not fun, but you got to do it. They give it to people with brittle bones, osteoporosis. My arm feels great. I’ve been on the mound six times now so if this helps me get to 30 starts, I’m all for it.”
“I’m just kind of tired of getting labeled as unreliable, as ‘He’s always hurt.’ I missed two seasons but that was because of one injury. I can’t help that. I worked my butt off in rehab, was doing great and then this bone issue,” Wheeler said.
As long as it’s legal (which it is), more power to ya Zack.