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.
On Monday, Major League Baseball announced some changes aimed at improving the game’s pace of play, something that has been a pet cause for commissioner Rob Manfred. Among the changes was a limit on mound visits whether from managers and coaches, the catcher, or other defenders. Each team will have six non-pitching change mound visits per game and one additional visit each inning in extra innings. Craig wrote more in depth on the changes here if you happened to miss it.
Angels catcher Martin Maldonado says he is going to do what’s necessary to stay on the same page with his pitchers. Via Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Maldonado said, “If the game is on the line, I’m going to go out there. If we’re at six [visits], and it’s going to be the seventh, I’m going to go out there, even if I have to pay a fine. I’m there for the pitchers.”
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras said as much on Tuesday. Per Josh Frydman of WGN News, Contreras said, “What about if you have a tight game and you have to go out there? They can’t say anything about that, that’s my team and we just care about wins. If they’re going to fine me about number seven mound visit, I’ll pay the price.”
Exhibition games haven’t even started yet, but two notable backstops — the lesser-known Maldonado won a Gold Glove last year — are clearly not happy with the rule change. As Craig alluded to in his article yesterday, arguments between catchers and umpires (and, subsequently, managers and umpires) are probably going to become more frequent, which would likely end up nullifying any pace of play improvements.