Not surprisingly, Dillon Gee was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a blood clot in an artery in his right shoulder. He is scheduled to remain under hospital care for the next couple of days, and there is no timetable for his return to the Mets’ rotation. He was scheduled to start the second half opener against the Braves in Atlanta to give Johan Santana a couple extra days to rest his injured ankle, but Terry Collins has to juggle his rotation more, now giving Friday’s start to Chris Young.
Although no one knows at this point when Gee will be able to return to the rotation, it seems as if his blood clot is a more serious case than a typical one. Dr. Lawrence Gardner of NYU Langone Medical Center stated that for simple fact that doctors had to use a catheter instead of blood thinners to take care of the clot leads him to believe that this issue is more than a minor one. So, it’s a strong possibility that Gee will be out indefinitely, but Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins want to play it safe not only with their fifth starter, but their remaining options to fill Gee’s spot.
Collins will see how the rotation looks after their off-day this Monday, probably using Miguel Batista for a spot start or two to buy time and see how Gee’s condition progresses over the next week or two and they can get a clearer picture as to how long he will be sidelined. For spot starts, it looks like Batista is best option for Collins to put on the mound. They just cleared Chris Schwinden through waivers and don’t have to put him on the 40-man roster, so it’s doubtful he would make an appearance. As for relief help, the Mets will either recall Robert Carson or bring up Josh Edgin.
There has been a lot of chatter since Gee was put into the hospital about Matt Harvey finally getting the call up to join the Mets rotation (here included). I mean, not even a week ago, Sandy Alderson said that he would consider calling up the right-hander this year, but only to fill a need. Wally Backman has said that Harvey has made great strides this season at Triple-A Buffalo, and is mentally and physically ready to help the Mets once the front office deems necessary. When asked by the media about the possibility of Harvey being called up right now, Collins said he doesn’t want to set him up for failure.
Obviously, Collins meant that he doesn’t want to immediately bring up Harvey if he’s only going to make a couple of starts, then having to send him back down. For right now, the Mets will go with Batista while they wait to see the prognosis for Gee. Depending on what happens, it could be months of recovery, which would mean we probably will be seeing Harvey sooner rather than later. However, the front office is not willing to jump the gun in this decision, and I applaud them for that. Unfortunately, Gee could be out for a considerable amount of time, which would warrant the call for Harvey.