Gee Sidelined with Blood Clot

In the most crucial time in their schedule, the Mets have placed starting pitcher Dillon Gee on the 15-day DL when a blood clot was found in his right shoulder. Gee felt numbness in his fingers and was tested Monday. After rigorous testing, doctors at New York Presbyterian found a clot in an artery. The specialists removed the clot with a catheter and will remain in the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Mets manager Terry Collins, spoke to reporters in Kansas City today and said that Chris Young will start Friday night in Atlanta. The Mets are expected to call up left handed reliever Josh Edgin and move Miguel Batista to the rotation.

Gee was plan “B” for his start Friday night in Atlanta after plan “A” Johan Santana was expected to start but was pushed back to either Sunday or Tuesday. The Mets will hit the road to start the second half in Atlanta and Washington.

Gee who has been a constant in the rotation, came off one of his best performances of the year in his last start against the Chicago Cubs. Gee went eight innings allowing one run on three hits.

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“It’s very shocking,”The one thing we said from the beginning is, We have to keep our rotation intact. When we lost Mike (Pelfrey), we were fortunate that we had Chris Young coming. But this is a big piece, because Dillon (Gee) was pitching good, really good. We’ve got a big hole to fill right now.” said Collins.

Gee who last pitched July 7th, wouldn’t be able to be activated until July 23rd. The Mets and everyone else is hoping for a speedy recovery.

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