Dillon Gee will undergo surgery to fix arterial damage in pitching shoulder Friday and could miss the rest of the season, a source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Gee was given the option of remaining on blood thinners after a catheter was used to break up the original blood clot in his shoulder, but since the artery is damaged, he decided his best course of action was undergoing surgery now, the source told Rubin.
The surgery will likely keep Gee from throwing for 6-8 weeks, so a mid-September return would seem to be the best-case scenario. Even then, he might only be a reliever, since it would take him time to regain the stamina necessary to start.
Gee has done solid work at the back of the Mets rotation this season, going 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA and an impressive 97/29 K/BB ratio in 109 2/3 innings. The current plan is to have Miguel Batista step into his rotation spot, but the Mets should strongly consider abandoning that idea and going to top prospect Matt Harvey, who is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo.
The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.
Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.
Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.