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 Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.