ESPN New York reports that Dillon Gee will undergo surgery on Friday to repair arterial damage in his right shoulder to prevent additional blood clots from forming. According to the report, “No longer-lasting ramifications for Gee in terms of his health or his career after the procedure is performed are expected”
That’s definitely good news. I’m sure we all hope the procedure goes well.
However, according to the report, it will be six to eight weeks before Gee would be ready to resume throwing. He might be able to return in late September, but that probably doesn’t make a lot of sense.
The Mets had planned to use Miguel Batista when there was hope that Gee’s absence would only cause him to miss a few starts… now that he’s potentially going to be out for the rest of the season, they must be re-evaluating that decision.
The in-house options are underwhelming. Batista, Chris Schwinden and Jeremy Hefner have all struggled when the Mets tried them after Mike Pelfrey‘s season-ending injury. Matt Harvey has improved recently, but he’s had mixed results at the Triple-A level and team officials have doubts about whether he’s ready to “thrive” at the major league level.
For the 2012 Mets, Harvey is easily the best in-house option. He has the biggest potential upside, and it’s unlikely he could perform worse than Batista. But for the Mets’ long-term goals, I have to wonder if promoting Harvey is a good idea. I’d like to see him dominate at the Triple-A for a long enough period of time to force a callup, rather than watch the Mets turn to him out of desperation.
I don’t envy Sandy Alderson the decision. I suppose he could look at the trade market, but I’m sure any available decent starters will command a premium considering how many teams think they’re in a playoff race and how many could use more pitching.
At least bullpen help is on the way – Josh Edgin will take Gee’s roster spot and give the Mets a second lefty to compliment Tim Byrdak. Hopefully Terry Collins will be more comfortable using him than he was with Robert Carson or Justin Hampson.