New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee got some concerning news over the All-Star break. The right-hander had a blood clot in this right shoulder resulting in a damaged artery.
Gee is 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA and has been a solid, effective starter for the Mets this season. He already has had two procedures to fix the artery and prevent future clotting, potentially ending his 2012 season.
Gee hopes to be able to return as he can begin throwing again in about six weeks but the thought of a comeback seems mute, especially with Mets manager Terry Collins.
''Big blow for us, but we all here are certainly hoping and praying that he gets back 100 percent healthy for next spring,'' Collins said. (h/t Yahoo Sports)
Losing Gee for the rest of the season potentially marks the end of the Mets' magical season.
On the surface this hurts because the Mets lose a quality arm in the rotation, which has been a strength this season. Gee has made notable strides comparing this season to 2011, but this injury throws a wrench into a lot of plans.
The Mets now have to turn to journeyman Miguel Batista as a call-up for prospect Matt Harvey is not happening.
At 41, Batista has been okay in spots, but mostly has been ineffective. Most recently he gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Washington Nationals Wednesday night, which contributed to a loss and has fans in angst.
By going this route, general manager Sandy Alderson is making it clear that he is looking towards the future.
Some would point to this decision and question it with saying that the future is now, but to be realistic, Alderson is making the right move.
Let's face it, the New York Mets have grossly overachieved this season and played very well in the first part of the year. Now they are in the middle of a six-game losing streak, plummeting back towards .500 and back to expectations.
The Mets can say they are buyers at the trading deadline all they want, but reality is that it is probably too little, too late.
There are too many problems with this team that would have to be addressed to be able to stay in contention. Starting pitching is now a concern and the bullpen is in complete shambles.
The Mets cannot mortgage the future to live for now when the odds of making the playoffs diminish as they continue to struggle and other teams are putting together their second-half surge.
The MLB season is a grind and what the Mets have done already is remarkable. Psychologically, this may just be the end of the road and losing Gee may have played a part into that too.
A team can only fight so many uphill battles before it catches up to them and who would have thought at this point of the season that losing Dillon Gee may just be the final white flag for the New York Mets.
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