After hearing Zack Wheeler
sprained his ankle walking up a flight of stairs, I couldn't help but think of former Mets pitcher Pat Zachry.Zachry started the 1978 season with an impressive 10-4 record. The previous year, he was one of the players acquired from the Reds in the Tom Seaver deal. The 1976 rookie of the year (won while with Cincinnati), seemed ready to excel in orange and blue.Zachry was pitching a gem against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 24th, 1978, when the Phillies' new $800,000 acquisition (big money at the time), singled off of Zachry late in the game. The hit gave Rose an NL record 37-game hitting streak. Manager Joe Torre elected to pull Zachry from the game.Pat, upset with the fact he gave up Rose's hit, and Torre's decision to pull him, fumed into the dugout. He took a kick at a helmet lying on the floor of the dugout - and missed. He slammed his foot into the concrete steps and suffered a fracture. He kept the injury secret, but after losing a couple of games, had to come clean. Dr. James Andrews put him in a boot, and Zachry missed the rest of the season.He came back in 1979 and went 5-1 in 7 starts before injuring his elbow. In 1980, he had the best WHIP of his career (1.23), but lacked run support, as he compiled a 6-10 record. He led the league in losses in 1981, and was never quite as effective for the Mets again.It made me think that Zachry would have fit right in with the Mets of the past few years. Freak injury after freak injury, Zach would have been just another one of the guys.And fortunately, it sounds like Zack is better off than Zach. Wheeler tweeted that he was fine
, and they were just taking precautions.