Met's Gee to have shoulder surgery Friday

Pitcher placed on DL with damaged artery

Author: By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 12 2012 08:12:35 AM EDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB

New York Mets right-handed pitcher Dillon Gee may have thrown his last pitch of 2012, with word coming Wednesday that he will have surgery Friday in St. Louis to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder. ESPNNewYork, the New York Post and several media outlets reported the development late Wednesday.

It is hoped that the surgery will prevent further blood clots in Gee's artery, after doctors medically dissolved a prior clot in his shoulder Tuesday. He was discharged from New York-Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday morning .

Rather than take blood thinners, which could be riskier, Gee decided to have surgery performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital by renowned specialist Dr. Robert Thompson.

Gee is not expected to be able to begin throwing for up to eight weeks from now. Even if he has a quick recovery, the likely earliest he could return to the team would be late September or the season-ending first weekend of October. If the Mets make the playoffs, he could potentially also return then.

But first and foremost, according to reports, is that Gee is fully recovered for next season, which calls into doubt whether he can return for the end of this year -- or whether the risk to return is worth the potential reward, or risk of further injury if he rushes back too fast.

The Mets placed Gee on the disabled list and have called up left-handed relief pitcher Josh Edgin to fill Gee's spot on the team's roster. Mets officials also said that it is likely right-handed pitcher Miguel Batista will become a fifth starter, when needed, in Gee's absence.