Dillon Gee to undergo surgery Friday, could be lost for season

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Dillon Gee will undergo surgery to fix arterial damage in pitching shoulder Friday and could miss the rest of the season, a source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

Gee was given the option of remaining on blood thinners after a catheter was used to break up the original blood clot in his shoulder, but since the artery is damaged, he decided his best course of action was undergoing surgery now, the source told Rubin.

The surgery will likely keep Gee from throwing for 6-8 weeks, so a mid-September return would seem to be the best-case scenario. Even then, he might only be a reliever, since it would take him time to regain the stamina necessary to start.

Gee has done solid work at the back of the Mets rotation this season, going 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA and an impressive 97/29 K/BB ratio in 109 2/3 innings. The current plan is to have Miguel Batista step into his rotation spot, but the Mets should strongly consider abandoning that idea and going to top prospect Matt Harvey, who is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo.

Cubs won’t make Kyle Schwarber available in trade talks

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs won’t deal Kyle Schwarber this winter, despite multiple inquires from teams around the league. Schwarber is approaching his first year of arbitration and will remain under team control for another three seasons before reaching free agency in 2022.

The decision comes on the heels of one of the strongest seasons of the 25-year-old outfielder’s short career. Over 137 games and 510 PA for the Cubs, he proved a passable defender in left field and batted .238/.356/.467 with 26 home runs, an .823 OPS, and 3.2 fWAR in 2018. He also led the National League in intentional walks, with 20, and bumped up his total walks from 59 in 2017 to 78.

Despite his marked improvements from previous years, Schwarber’s performance still left something to be desired — specifically against left-handed pitchers, who held the slugger to a paltry .224/.352/.303 with four extra-base hits across 91 PA. Still, it’s evident the Cubs feel Schwarber is capable of strengthening his splits in the years to come, and they might stand to get more value from him on the field than they would in a trade this offseason.

Of course, that’s not to say the Cubs intend to pass the Winter Meetings in total silence, especially as they’ll be seeking bullpen and catching depth in advance of their 2019 run at the division title. As club president Theo Epstein remarked last week, “We’re certainly open and active in trade talks with a lot of deals that usually don’t come to fruition. So, we may make some trades. We could make big ones that transform the roster. We may make smaller complementary ones. But there’s certain things we’d like to accomplish.”