Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 7/12/12

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, New York Mets starter, Dillon Gee, will undergo potential season-ending surgery “to fix artery damage in his pitching shoulder, which should prevent a recurrence of clotting.”  Rubin went on to state the following on his blog:

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“After doctors dissolved a clot but determined Gee’s artery was damaged, he was presented with the option of using blood thinners for the near future, but that was riskier. So Gee has opted to have a procedure performed by leading specialist Dr. Robert Thompson at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, the source said.

Gee is expected to be able to resume throwing in six to eight weeks. But under the best-case scenario, he only would return in late September, or in October if the Mets reach the playoffs. The source, however, said that is secondary to getting Gee ready for the 2013 season.”

Apparently this All-Star break is not turning into much of a break at all for the New York Mets.  After the controversy of R.A. Dickey being slighted out of starting yesterday’s game had somewhat settled, the team is now faced with replacing Gee.

This is news which will actually effect the games that matter and is big blow to New York as the team has relied heavily on the strength of its starting pitchers. Gee tossed a career high-tying eight innings, allowing one run and seven hits without issuing a walk en route to his sixth victory of the season.  Over his last four starts Gee had posted a 3.07 ERA s to lower his season earned run average to a respectable 4.10.

 

Questions now need to be answered.  According to David Lennon of Newsday, the Mets will use Miguel Batista when the need for a fifth starter arises:


Collins said Batista is short term option for Gee, but #mets have off day, so have alternatives. Depends on Young after Fri start. #mets July 10, 2012 4:24 pm via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @DPLennon David Lennon

With Gee most likely out for the remainder of the season, fans have started to wonder if Matt Harvey could be a possible, long term replacement.  According to Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger, sources within the Mets organization do not believe the youngster is ready to thrive at the major league level:


But Harvey wasn’t supposed to be called up just to survive. He’s supposed to be a cornerstone of the rotation. Hence, the dilemma. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough


For the record, Mets officials do not think Harvey is ready to thrive at the major-league level. They believe he can survive, though. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough

For now we can only speculate what the team will do as far as a long term solution is concerned.  While I understand the concerns of the Mets front office regarding Harvey, truth be told, Batista is no more than a spot start solution. And so, if there is no player than can be acquired at the trade deadline (or sooner) the club may need to turn to Harvey. In 18 starts for Triple-A Buffalo this year, the 23-year-old right hander is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and 102 strikeouts and 42 walks over 98 1/3 innings pitched:

 

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