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.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.