On a story that was first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets’ starting pitcher Dillon Gee is currently being hospitalized in New York. Gee, who is scheduled to open up the second half for New York on the mound in Atlanta, apparently is experiencing a blood related issue in his shoulder.
UPDATE 1:30PM: Gee has been placed on the 15-day DL with a blood clot found in an artery in his right shoulder. The team has released a statement that their right-hander will stay in New York Presbyterian Hospital for at least a couple more days, where doctors were able to clear the clot with a catheter. This is some serious stuff, but Gee is in good hands and it’s a relief to know that doctors have the clot under control.
11:30am: At this stage, the real issue is not entirely clear, as a Mets official did confirm that Gee was admitted to the hospital yesterday and underwent an MRI and various tests. Rubin tried to reach Sandy Alderson and Jay Horowitz for a comment on the situation, but each of those attempts were unsuccessful. A call was also made to Gee’s agent, Bryan Cahill, but he has not yet made a statement about his client.
However, there definitely seems to be more cause for concern as Kevin Gee, Dillon’s father, is currently en route to New York from Texas to be with his son. This could end up being something very small, but having Gee’s father fly up from Texas leads me to believe that it could possibly be somewhat serious. Parents always want to be with their children when they’re faced with tough times, no matter how big or small the challenge, but having a blood related issue in a pitcher’s shoulder doesn’t sound good in the slightest.
Gee wasn’t originally going to be starting the first game of the second half for the Mets on Friday, but Terry Collins decided to give Johan Santana some extra rest, giving Dillon the honors. Depending on how serious this health issue actually is, his immediate future may be in doubt with the Mets. He reported that he was feeling numbness in his fingers and was scheduled for an angiogram during the break.
When he joined Gary Cohen and company up in the booth during one of the games against the Cubs, Sandy Alderson said that he would feel comfortable promoting Matt Harvey to the Major League rotation at some point this year, but only to fill a need for the Mets. Well, this may very well be the type of opportunity Alderson was describing. If Gee needs to be shelved for a period of time, it would not be surprising to see Harvey get promoted from Triple-A, where he’s compiled a 7-4 record, 3.39 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP in 98.1 innings pitched.
As more details about Gee’s condition become available, we will be sure to report it.