With Jonathon Niese expected to open the season on the disabled list before being activated to pitch on April 6th, the Mets are planning to turn to Dillon Gee for the Opening Day assignment. Writes Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
Mar 15, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherDillon Gee
(35) throws against the Minnesota Twins at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
"Gee is due to face the Minnesota Twins on Friday in Fort Myers. Ten days later — or two full turns of the rotation — is March 31. That’s Opening Day against the Washington Nationals. Mets insiders acknowledged that is the current plan, but insist it is not cemented yet."
Zack Wheeler spoke of his interest of taking the assignment, but was never a consideration according to Collins.
Gee is a worthy choice for the Opening Day assignment – one that is more ceremonial than anything.
It would’ve been exciting if Zack Wheeler was given the nod on Opening Day, but the Mets are erring on the side of seniority in this case.