The Mets are concerned about Gee’s innings load and it looks like there’s a fifty-fifty chance that Dillon Gee may be shutdown for the season after his remarkable debut last night against the Nationals. Andy McCullough of NJ.com explains:
Gee tore the labrum in his shoulder last year. He threw 161 1/3 innings with the Bisons this year. He balanced the league lead in strikeouts against a 4.96 ERA (although his 1.33 WHIP suggests he got a tad unlucky).
Given his arm history and innings total, the Mets will discuss how to go forward with Gee when the team ends this road trip on Wednesday. Manuel wants to start him again. But he does not know if it’s possible.
“I don’t know where he is,” Manuel said. “He might fall into a category where this might be it. He might fall under a category where he might get one more start.”
Given their past history, I can certainly understand the Mets’ reluctance to test fate and let Gee continue to pitch this season. Obviously the downside to that is that the Mets only have one start’s worth of data to base any decision on for the 2011 season. I really don’t see Gee as a viable member of the rotation just yet and to that end he already had Jenrry Mejia ahead of him for the fifth spot anyway.
Barring an offseason trade, the Mets top four starters are all under team control and will be back and assured of rotation spots next season.
Here is a post game interview with Gee last night courtesy of Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.