Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee will undergo potential season-ending surgery on Friday. Gee was treated at New York Presbyterian on Monday when a blood clot was found in an artery in Gee’s right shoulder.
After being diagnosed, Gee was given two options, the first was to use blood thinners for the near future, or have the surgery. The procedure will be done in St. Louis by leading-specialist Robert Thompson.
Gee will resume baseball activities in 6-8 weeks should all go well.
With the unexpected loss of Dillon Gee, the Mets will have to pursue a starter whether it be in the system or from an outside source. The Mets are expected to call up left handed reliever Josh Edgin and push reliever Miguel Batista to the starting rotation.
With the most crucial portion of the schedule looming, in the next four series, the Mets will play the Braves, Nationals (twice), and Dodgers; all of whom are in the same position as the Mets and will continue to be relevant down the stretch. One name up for discussion would be prospect Matt Harvey. Would the Mets base their entire season on an unproven prospect in Matt Harvey.
In 2007 the Mets called to Phillip Humber in the final week of the season only to complete the worst collapse in franchise history.
It will be interesting to see if the Mets are aggressive for pitchers Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, or Kevin Millwood. With a relief core that is the worst statistical staff in the National League, and two opening day starting pitchers on the shelf (Dillon Gee and Mike Pelfrey) the Mets might have to focus their attention on a starter and a reliever instead of the two relievers they so desired.
The non-waiver trade deadline in twenty days away (July 31st) and the Mets will have to add “Starting Pitcher” to their deadline shopping list.