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Dillon Gee to undergo surgery Friday, could be lost for season

Jul 11, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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Dillon Gee will undergo surgery to fix arterial damage in pitching shoulder Friday and could miss the rest of the season, a source told Adam Rubin of

Gee was given the option of remaining on blood thinners after a catheter was used to break up the original blood clot in his shoulder, but since the artery is damaged, he decided his best course of action was undergoing surgery now, the source told Rubin.

The surgery will likely keep Gee from throwing for 6-8 weeks, so a mid-September return would seem to be the best-case scenario. Even then, he might only be a reliever, since it would take him time to regain the stamina necessary to start.

Gee has done solid work at the back of the Mets rotation this season, going 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA and an impressive 97/29 K/BB ratio in 109 2/3 innings. The current plan is to have Miguel Batista step into his rotation spot, but the Mets should strongly consider abandoning that idea and going to top prospect Matt Harvey, who is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    scary injury, sounds like the samething david cone went thru some years ago. Hope he is as sucessful as cone was getting past it

  2. randygnyc - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    A blod clot and an aneurysm are different, although both can be deadly.

  3. chill1184 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Alderson has no plans to bring up Harvey he knows that he’s not ready. If Harvey comes up now he’ll become Pelfrey 2.0 because thats what happened to Pelfrey he was brought up to the big club way to early and it screwed him up. Get better Gee your health is more important.

  4. arrooo - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Does a knuckleballer need 4-5 days rest in between starts? I dint know, but if not, can a 4 man rotation work? Just trying to think outside the box

    • paperlions - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      While some may not require the same rest, I doubt they could get by on 1/2 the rest while taking 2 turns in the rotation. Plus, Dickey throws hard for a knuckleballer, so he may fare worse than others on such a schedule.

  5. marcstck - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    The mets were already toying withe the idea of using dickey every fourth day, this will probably cinch the deal.

    Bad news on gee, he seems like a good kid and was developing nicely. wishing him the best on Friday.

    • paperlions - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      A 37 yr old is pitching better than he ever has in his life, and they are toying with the idea of messing with his routine? Yeah, that’ll end well.

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