Dillon Gee will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a clot in the artery in his right shoulder.
4:45 pm: Terry Collins told reporters in Kansas City that Chris Young will start in Gee’s place on Friday. However, according to David Lennon of Newsday, Collins also said Monday’s off day could mean they use Miguel Batista in place of Gee the next time through the rotation, all of which will depend on how Young is feeling after his start on Friday.
As far as possibly calling up Matt Harvey to replace Gee is concerned, Collins told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that, while Harvey is a long-term candidate for the rotation, the Mets not going to add Harvey right now.
“I don’t want to put him in a situation where he can fail,” Collins explained.
Lastly, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Collins said the team will likely be promoting a relief pitcher in time for Friday night’s game in Atlanta, which, according to DiComo, will likely be Josh Edgin or Robert Carson.
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3:55 pm: Anthony DiComo of MLB.com says Miguel Batista will join the rotation next Wednesday against the Nationals.
Appreciate all the concern for Gee, we are worried too. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers—
Justin Turner (@redturn2) July 10, 2012
1:42 pm: Mike Puma of the New York Post says Matt Harvey is not considered an option to replace Gee in the rotation at this time.
11:58 am: In a press release, the Mets said doctors at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital used a catheter to break up Gee’s clot, and he will remain hospitalized for the next couple of days to ensure the issue is completely resolved.
Gee’s timetable to return is currently undetermined.
On Sunday, Gee complained of having numbness in his fingers in his right hand. He allowed a run on seven hits in eight innings against the Cubs this past Saturday.
Gee is 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts so far this season.
From a pitching perspective, the Mets have an off-day working in their favor. It’s possible Terry Collins could use a four-man rotation for now, which would mean they only need a fifth starter once between now and when Gee is eligible to come back (assuming Gee is out the minimal amount of time). Of course, that depends on Gee his ability to recover, but if that’s the case, they could opt to use a spot starter with someone currently on the 40-man roster, and then see what the status is with Gee.
A lot of fans have already called for the Mets to call-up Matt Harvey. I’d be hesitant to resort to that option right now – it’s a lot to ask of him to immediately adjust to the Major Leagues and be dependable and consistent in the middle of a pennant race. He also isn’t on the 40-man roster yet, and so making such a decision without knowing how long Gee will be out might end up causing more harm than good for both Harvey and their roster flexibility going forward.