Dillon Gee hasn’t ruled out pitching again this season

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After being hospitalized for numbness in his hand last week Dillon Gee underwent surgery Friday to repair an artery in his shoulder that was 96 percent blocked, using a vein from his groin to replace it.

Gee, who admitted afterward that he’s experienced numbness in his fingers since 2010, has been told that he can resume throwing in about six weeks.

That likely means the Mets right-hander will miss the remainder of the season, which is how news of his surgery was framed initially, but Gee said yesterday that he hasn’t ruled out pitching again this year.

“I’m looking forward to trying to get back as soon as possible,” Gee told Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger, although McCullough writes that “the possibility is remote.”

Either way, doctors apparently told Gee that they’re confident the issue won’t return and he should have a clean bill of health heading into spring training. And he might be able to get back on the mound for a September appearance or two before then if everything goes well.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.