Dillon Gee, who has been on the disabled list with a right lat injury since mid-May, threw 32 pitches during a bullpen session on Monday in Port St. Lucie.
Gee said afterwards that it was a “great day” and that he would likely throw one more bullpen session before starting a rehab game.
In 52.2 innings pitched over eight starts in 2014, Gee has posted a 2.73 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
Reports last week indicated that Gee could start a rehab game on June 23 with an eye on returning to the Mets rotation on July 1.
When Gee returns, it’s expected that Daisuke Matsuzaka will slide back to the bullpen.
Gee hasn’t only been one of the Mets most consistent starters for the last year and change, he’s been one of the most consistent and effective starting pitchers in all of baseball during that time.
While some of Gee’s success can be attributed to a bit of luck (a BABIP in 2014 that is likely too low to be sustainable to cite one example), his numbers have been mostly stellar.
After Gee returns fully healthy and Noah Syndergaard is deemed ready, the Mets will have more starting pitchers than there are spots available.
At that point, the club will have Gee, Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon, and Jacob deGrom to divide up among six spots – making it likely one of them will be dealt for offensive help.