UPDATE, 4:29 PM:
If that turns out to be the case, Gee will likely start his next game on or shortly after May 26, the day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.
The Mets announced Wednesday that Dillon Gee has been placed on the disabled list -retroactive to May 11 – with a strained right lat.
May 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Taking Gee’s place in the rotation will be Jacob deGrom, who was added to the bullpen Tuesday night. DeGrom will make his major league debut Thursday night against the Yankees at Citi Field.
Gee had been the Mets most consistent starter thus far in 2014, posting a 2.73 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 52.2 innings pitched.
The severity of Gee’s lat injury is not yet known.
If all goes well, Gee would be eligible to return from the disabled list on May 26.
It’s always a blow whenever one of your starting pitchers lands on the disabled list – especially when the starter in question has been your most consistent one.
However, while Gee’s numbers have been outstanding, his declining strikeouts per nine, unsustainable opposition BABIP, and an FIP that was more than a run and a half higher than his ERA in 2014 screams that he was due for a regression.
That’s to take nothing away from Gee. He’s been outstanding for the last year. Hopefully, he returns sooner rather than later.