Right-hander Dillon Gee is back from the disabled list after missing four weeks with a strained groin and the Mets are making room for his return by going to a six-man starting rotation.
Gee will start tonight versus the Padres and the Mets will hope he can pitch well enough to generate some trade interest, but in the meantime they opted against sending 22-year-old top prospect Noah Syndergaard back to the minors.
Gee had a 3.86 ERA in five starts before the injury, basically matching his 3.91 career ERA in 670 innings for the Mets since 2010.
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that starter Dillon Gee will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. There was some thought that prospect Noah Syndergaard might lose his spot in the rotation, but DiComo adds that it “sounds like” the Mets will use a six-man rotation.
Gee went on the disabled list on May 8, five days after his most recent start. In five starts overall on the season, the right-hander has a 3.86 ERA with a 20/8 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.
Syndergaard, 22, has pitched well across two starts, giving up four runs on nine hits and five walks while striking out 11 in 11 1/3 innings.
For five innings, Noah Syndergaard matched zeroes with Jake Arrieta in his major league debut. The sixth inning was enough to separate the two.
The 22-year-old Syndergaard gave up a single, an RBI double and a two-run homer to Chris Coghlan before being pulled in the sixth and ended up with the loss as the Cubs topped the Mets 6-1.
Arrieta, coming off a couple of uncharacteristically poor showings in losses to the Brewers and Cardinals, pitched two-hit ball over seven innings before giving up a run in the eighth. He struck out 10, and he’s now 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season.
Syndergaard ended up striking out six and walking four (one intentionally). He was left in to face Arrieta after Coghlan’s homer and struck him out with his 104th pitch before being lifted.
Although his high-90s fastball was impressive, it wasn’t quite the dominant showing Syndergaard was regularly turning in for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He was 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA and a 34/8 K/BB ratio in his second go at the PCL.
Syndergaard is likely to make one more start Sunday before the Mets decide how to proceed with their rotation. Dillon Gee is likely to make a quick return from the strained groin that put him on the disabled list, so the Mets could send Syndergaard right back to Triple-A next week.