With the news that Zack Wheeler has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is likely facing Tommy John surgery, Mets manager Terry Collins told Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record this afternoon that Dillon Gee is expected to take his spot in the starting rotation.
“It’s baseball and they know things can happen. We have to pick ourselves up. I think we got the right guy,” Collins said after the Mets lost 4-3 to Boston. “Dillon is a good pitcher. We’re going to ask him to do what he does and that’s give us quality innings.
Gee was a trade candidate for most of the offseason, but the Mets were unable to find the right deal for him and they look pretty fortunate to still have that depth today. This isn’t to say that he’s a great option or even has the upside of Wheeler, but he owns a 3.91 ERA (93 ERA+) in the majors and can do fine in the back of the rotation.
The Mets still have solid (albeit unproven depth) beyond Gee, with prospects Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Rafael Montero close to the majors. Some would understandably like to see Syndergaard get a look over Gee out of the gate, but odds are he’ll end up logging significant innings at the big league level this season regardless.