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.

Zack Cozart thinks the way the Rays have been using Sergio Romo is bad for baseball

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The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he was at Single-A.

In an effort to prevent lefty Ryan Yarbrough from facing the righty-heavy top of the Angels’ lineup (Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, Justin Upton), Romo started Saturday’s game, pitching the first inning before giving way to Yarbrough in the second. Romo struck out the side, in fact. The Rays went on to win 5-3.

The Rays did it again on Sunday afternoon, starting Romo. This time, he got four outs before giving way to Matt Andriese. Romo walked two without giving up a hit while striking out three. The Angels managed to win 5-2 however.

Despite Sunday’s win, Cozart wasn’t a happy camper with the way the Rays used Romo. Via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Cozart said, “It was weird … It’s bad for baseball, in my opinion … It’s spring training. That’s the best way to explain it.”

It’s difficult to see merit in Cozart’s argument. It’s not like the Rays were making excessive amounts of pitching changes; they used five on Saturday and four on Sunday. The games lasted three hours and three hours, 15 minutes, respectively. The average game time is exactly three hours so far this season. I’m having trouble wondering how else Cozart might mean the strategy is bad for baseball.

It seems like the real issue is that Cozart is afraid of the sport changing around him. The Rays, like most small market teams, have to find their edges in slight ways. The Rays aren’t doing this blindly; the strategy makes sense based on their opponents’ starting lineup. The idea of valuing on-base percentage was scoffed at. Shifting was scoffed at and now every team employs them to some degree. Who knows if starting a reliever for the first three or four outs will become a trend, but it’s shortsighted to write it off at first glance.