Updates from Sunday, July 6
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News provides a statement from Dillon Gee discussing his recovery:
Gee, who said he felt 'great' after his rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday, will throw a bullpen session at Citi Field Sunday and then discuss his possible return to the rotation. The righty, who has been out since May 11 with a strained right lat, said he is hopeful the Mets will allow him to rejoin the rotation before the All-Star break. 'I feel great and ready to go,' he said.
Updates from Friday, July 4
Adam Rubin of ESPN provides an update on Dillon Gee's recovery:
In his third rehab start, Gee tossed six innings for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday. He allowed one run on three hits while striking out 10, walking one and hitting a batter. He threw 75 pitches.
Barring some complication, a team insider said the Mets do intend for Gee to next make one major league start before the All-Star break.
Updates from Wednesday, July 2
ESPN's Adam Rubin has the latest on Gee:
Dillon Gee's next rehab start now officially Friday at Brooklyn.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 1, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 30
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com provides stats from Dillon Gee's latest rehab start:
Gee tossed 2 2/3 innings and 55 pitches for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six against the Staten Island Yankees.
The Mets have estimated Gee will need one additional rehab start before being activated from the disabled list.
Updates from Tuesday, June 24
Adam Rubin of ESPN reported on Dillon Gee's rehab and timeline for return to the Mets' rotation:
Gee tossed two scoreless innings against the Gulf Coast League Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday afternoon. He allowed one hit and struck out two.
If the schedule holds, Gee should be ready to reenter the Mets rotation in about 18 days.
Updates from Monday, June 23
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com provides a synopsis of Dillon Gee discussing his recovery:
Still, Gee has bit to go. Tuesday GCL start very brief. He estimated he needs 2 more rehab starts after that. So say 6/24, 27, 7/2, back 7/7— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 12
Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal provided the latest on Dillon Gee's recovery:
Mets expect Dillon Gee to get back on the mound this weekend. There's a nice piece of good news.— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) June 12, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 26
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com provides a statement from Mets manager Terry Collins discussing Dillon Gee's injury status:
It's a big muscle, a major muscle and you've got to be careful of it.
That's why we didn't use the word 'setback.' It means the house of cards is falling in here. We're just being cautious with him. He is not feeling as good as we had hoped right now, so we're going to take our time and let the healing process work. ... You feel good for a couple of days and you go out and you do your exercises and all of a sudden you're a little stiff, it doesn't mean there's more damage or anything else. It just means, hey look, it's going to take longer than we thought. That's the concern.
Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com previously provided a statement from Mets general manager Sandy Alderson discussing Gee's recovery:
Dillon Gee did not feel comfortable today throwing a 'pen.' It never got that far. So we’ll back him off a little bit.
Darcy continued with a synopsis of Gee discussing his status, followed by his own analysis:
He told reporters Sunday morning that he did plan to throw Sunday, so something clearly changed.
Gee's setback means we'll likely see more of rookies Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, who both joined the starting rotation recently, replacing Gee and Jenrry Mejia (who is now the Mets' closer).
Updates from Tuesday, May 20
Adm Rubin of ESPN New York has the latest on Dillion Gee's timetable for a return to the rotation:
Dillon Gee is now expected to miss three turns in the rotation while on the disabled list, up from the original two projected by the organization.
Gee, on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle, said he wanted to pitch in one rehab game before returning to the major-league rotation.
Gee plans to throw on flat ground on Wednesday for the first time since landing on the DL on May 11.
New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee will not make his next scheduled trip to the mound after the club placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.
The Mets' official Twitter account broke the news, noting that Gee has strained his right lat muscle:
The #Mets place RHP Dillon Gee on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to May 11, with a strained right lat. RHP Jacob deGrom will start tomorrow.— New York Mets (@Mets) May 14, 2014
Danny Knobler of ESPN provides more information and Gee's comments on the injury:
Gee had an MRI exam Wednesday, and doctors told him that he had no structural damage. Even so, he felt enough pain that he told the Mets he couldn't pitch.
"It's soreness I've never had before," Gee said. "A lot more than normal, and it just didn't go away."
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com feels Gee's loss will be tough for the team to overcome:
dillon gee (lat) going to the dl is big blow to mets. deGrom will make debut thurs vs #yanks whitley, also making debut— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 14, 2014
In his three previous seasons as a full-time starter, Gee's ERA has dropped considerably, but he's taken a big step thus far in the 2014 campaign, posting a 3-1 record with a stellar 2.73 ERA. New York ranks seventh in the MLB with 24 quality starts even without star ace Matt Harvey available, and Gee has accounted for six of those strong outings.
This is another opportunity for others to step up, just as has been the case in lieu of Harvey. Jacob deGrom is being counted on to be on the bump Thursday in his major league debut. He's endured some injury hazards himself, having undergone Tommy John surgery in October 2010, and deGrom discussed his minor league journey at this year's spring training, per ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin:
Just coming back from Tommy John, that was a successful 2012. And then when I started in St. Lucie [in 2013], I thought I’d probably end up in Binghamton to end the year. And then I got the chance to pitch in Vegas and pitched pretty well in the beginning. That helped me stay. And I was thankful for that opportunity.
Even with diminished expectations, manager Terry Collins has done a respectable job in guiding the Mets to a .500 record through 38 games entering an upcoming Subway Series clash with the Yankees. If Gee is lost for a massive chunk of time and winds up having a more serious injury than initially thought, it's hard to see his teammates faring all that well in his absence.
However, this seems like a situation that will only plague the Mets in the short term. The hope is that Gee can continue to build on his promising season when he returns, and the good news is that the ailment has nothing to do with his arm. What will be key is not compensating for the lat muscle and trying to come back too early. That would not only threaten to throw off Gee's delivery, but it could also cause more significant damage.