Mets to utilize a six-man rotation after Dillon Gee returns Saturday

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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.

Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo arrested in drug, money laundering investigation

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Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.

That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.

Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.

Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.