By Sam Bush
Zack Wheeler threw 86 pitches over 4 1/3 innings in a 5-1 exhibition loss to the Orioles at Citizens Bank Park, allowing four hits, two runs and one walk, striking out four.
It was Wheeler’s final tune-up before the regular season, although his wife Dominique is due with their first child on Saturday.
If he is unable to pitch, Vince Velasquez could take his place. Velasquez is scheduled to pitch in tonight’s exhibition against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, and he could take that spot on normal rest. If not, he appears to be on schedule to start Sunday’s series finale against the Marlins, although there has been no announcement.