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.

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.

The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

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A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.

Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.

Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.