Dillon Gee, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a strained right lat, is scheduled to make a rehab start on Sunday for Single-A Brooklyn.
Apr 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Gee tossed two scoreless innings on Tuesday for the GCL Mets, in what was his first rehab start since the injury.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Gee is slated to toss 30 warm-up pitches on Sunday before throwing 55 during the game.
If Gee makes it through his start in Brooklyn without incident, he would need one more rehab start before his activation from the DL, which would likely come around June 9.
When Gee rejoins the starting rotation, it’s expected that Daisuke Matsuzaka will move back to the bullpen.
The only other option is the Mets shifting Jacob deGrom to the bullpen, but that wouldn’t be wise for multiple reasons.
For one, deGrom is the pitcher who the Mets are banking on long-term.
Second, deGrom has never pitched out of the bullpen before.
The smart (and rational) move is leaving deGrom where he is, and sliding Matsuzaka back to the pen – where he excelled earlier this season.