Found January 08, 2013 on
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In a report to the Daily News, Anthony McCarron spoke with New York Mets starter Dillon Gee, who underwent season ending surgery wrote the following about Dillon Gee:
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Dillon Gee is about one month into his off-season throwing program already and he’s noticed something different. In years past, even when he was coming off healthy seasons, the first few weeks of throwing felt “real awkward” as his arm and legs and body rekindled his pitching motion and there was always soreness afterward.
These days, however, Gee is fresher after he throws, looser. It’s a wonderful feeling coming off the scariest stretch of his pro career, one in which a blood clot discovered in his right shoulder led to anxious thoughts about life and his baseball future and, ultimately, a successful surgery. …It’s all potentially good news for the Mets, who could use some of that in the pitching department. Gee expects to have a normal spring training
Gee told McCarron:
“This year, the first few weeks have felt better than they normally do and I thought that was a real good sign.vOne of the things with my surgery we were hoping for was, by recouping some of the blood flow I had lost, that my recovery would be better and that seems to be the case so far. I’m excited. The doctor said he was surprised I could recover every five days as it was, with the lack of blood and oxygen, so hopefully that will make it that much easier to bounce back after every start. You never know what the future holds, but we have a lot of positive signs going.”
With R.A. Dickey being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Mets will need all the healthy arms they can in their rotation and Gee will have a big role in 2013. Like Gee, the prognosis for lefty Jonathon Niese is also good, as it now appears as though the 25-year-old will avoid heart ablation surgery that was originally scheduled before Christmas. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where he was scheduled to have the procedure, told him it was not necessary.
“The doctors just said that it was nothing major and that I didn’t need to have surgery,” Niese said via telephone Monday evening. “I’m just going to go on as normal and that’s it. It’s a really good thing.”
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Niese originally planned to have a heart ablation procedure during last year’s All-Star break, but he decided to wait until after the season. When he spoke about the operation last month, the left-hander said he expected a full recovery from any procedure to take no more than three days.
Twice in the past two years, Niese has experienced a rapid heartbeat on the mound, most recently forcing him out of a game last June. Following each episode, he underwent a battery of tests, which did not reveal anything alarming.
Nor did his recent trip to the Cleveland Clinic, which left Niese happy to escape without facing the knife. A typical ablation procedure threads catheters through veins to a patient’s heart, according to the Mayo Clinic, to correct structural problems that can cause arrhythmias. It works by scarring or destroying heart tissue that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm or, in some cases, by preventing abnormal electrical signals from traveling through a patient’s heart.”
If all arms are on deck it looks like the team’s rotation to start the year will consist of Johan Santana, Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee, and ?????? The team is still looking at several options to fill the gap that currently exists in their rotation and names like Chris Young and Joe Saunders have recently been mentioned while in house candidates such as Aaron Laffey, Jenrry Mejia, Colin McHugh, Jeremy Hefner, and Zack Wheeler all seem like options. So, is everyone getting excited for this 2013 season or what!?!?!
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