ESPN New York: Gee Making Progress, But 2012 Return Unlikely

From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

Dillon Gee underwent a favorable examination three weeks after surgery to repair a damaged artery that had caused his arm to go numb. Still, Gee told on Friday night that he has all but ruled out a 2012 return.

“Probably not,” Gee said about reappearing this season. “Let’s say I start throwing Sept. 1. To come back for a game, I’d have to be ready in two to three weeks, after being out at that point it would be almost two months. I think it would be unrealistic to say that.”

Gee underwent surgery on July 13 in St. Louis to patch a blocked artery in his pitching shoulder after doctors could not find a pulse in his arm. After his last start on July 8, Gee complained of tingling and loss of feeling in his hand,

Gee started 17 games for the Mets and posted a 4.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 109.2 innings. The 26 year old righty was on a roll before the injury and nine quality starts in his ten starts with a 3.11 ERA in that span.

The good news is that Gee is making great progress and while he won’t be back this season, he should be fine for spring training.

I know Gee isn’t looked at that the same way as some of our other young starting pitchers, but I’ve always been impressed with the way he carried himself on the mound. He’s a thinking man’s pitcher.

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