The New York Mets were dealt another blow to their pitching staff on Friday when they placed Dillon Gee on the disabled list with a strained lat.
Gee has been the most consistent and effective starting pitcher for the Mets this year, and he was becoming the ace of the staff. He just cannot catch a break. In 2012, he was sidelined for half the season after a blood clot was discovered in his arm. Gee has been enjoying the greatest success of his career, and now he faces more uncertainty as a strained lat can cause all sorts of problems.
Gee was pulled from his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies after six innings and only 81 pitches, so one could conclude that he hurt himself in this start. He is 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA.
So who do the Mets turn to? Jacob deGrom will be making his first career start Thursday against the New York Yankees, and he will be the second Mets pitcher in as many days to make his MLB debut. Rafael Montero toes the rubber Wednesday night at Citi Field. The Mets were waiting for the right time to call up their top pitching prospects, but the injury to Gee has thrown a monkey wrench into the whole situation. Now the Mets have no choice but to throw these prospects into the fire. deGrom was originally called up to the Mets to help their bullpen, but not anymore.
Montero and deGrom will be pitching in Flushing against their cross-town rival, so Mets fans everywhere will get an up close look at the future of the Mets’ pitching staff, albeit sooner than anyone anticipated.