Dillon Gee underwent surgery this offseason to remove a blood clot in his throwing shoulder. The clot had been limiting oxygen flow through his blood stream and made it far more difficult for him to recover after the rigors of pitching a full season. Now the New York Mets pitcher feels better than he ever has during the first parts of his offseason throwing program.
In an interview with Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Gee said the surgery has made it so that he is able to recover much quicker after throwing. He would usually get sore and feel awkward at this point in his offseason throwing program. Now, he has better blood flow and is throwing better.
“One 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," Gee said.
The 26-year old just finished his third Major League season. He started 17 games for the Mets in 2012 and went 6-7 with a 4.17 ERA. In his career, Gee has a 4.06 ERA. The Mets and Gee hope that the removal of the blood clot will allow him to be the pitcher he showed signs of when he first came up. In 2010, Gee made five starts and posted a slim 2.18 ERA.
Gee will have a normal offseason throwing program and will report to spring training in February as he usually would when pitchers and catchers report. The surgery turned out to be relatively minor and rather than jeopardize his career, it may reinvent it.
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