Found February 27, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
  What, you were thinking maybe Dillon Gee? Johan Santana is the best pitcher on the Mets, even in a close to healthy season, but his health concerns are the stuff of legend around the Mets universe. The Mets have three days off in the first fifteen days of the season and, by my calculations, won’t need a 5th starter until April 24th, the opening game of a series against the Marlins at Citi Field. I think it would behoove the Mets to leave Johan in extended Spring Training to keep working on his arm strength and any unforeseen obstacles on his path to recovery. I know it might seem attractive to start Johan immediately against the division to open the season, but with so much riding on his left arm, is it the smartest move? Why subject Johan to the coldest weather of the season as early as six weeks from now, when his long term health would benefit from waiting just three more weeks? There are plenty of people expecting nothing out of Johan, and any contributions would be icing on ...

Santana Stays On Track

Johan Santana successfully completed his fourth bullpen session this morning and remains on track to start the Mets second spring training game on March 6th. The quirk to this morning session was that he was to simulate pitching two innings by throwing several pitches, sitting down for a period of time and then return to the mound for a second session.All in all, as reported by...

Gee To Start Spring Training Opener

Earlier in the week it was believed that Johan Santana would start the Mets spring opener when the Mets square off with the Nationals at 6pm on March 5th. Yesterday it was reveal that Santana will instead start the team's second game of the spring in order to him to get another day of long toss in.Today the Mets have announced that Dillon Gee (and his ridiculous goatee) will...

Mets P Santana throws 72 pitches

New York Mets ace Johan Santana threw 72 pitches off a mound Sunday in his fourth bullpen session of the spring. Santana, who hasn't pitched in the majors since Sept. 2, 2010, and is attempting to come back from major shoulder surgery, said he felt "really good." Mets manager Terry Collins said Santana is scheduled to throw live batting practice to Mets hitters on...

Mets Spring Notes: Gee Hopes To Avoid Fatigue and Pitch More Effectively In 2012

Mets starter Dillon Gee got off to a blazing 8-1 start in his rookie season, but by the time August rolled around he was mired in a big slide that lasted until the end of the season. After posting a remarkable 3.32 ERA in the first half, the young right-hander finished with a 5.91 ERA over his final 10 starts. According to an interview he did with the Daily News, Gee hopes that...

Mets Afternoon Notes: Captain Kirk, Santana’s Schedule, Collins Not Worried About OF Defense

Sunday Afternoon Notes Despite Sandy Alderson’s concern about the Mets outfield defense, manager Terry Collins indicated he is not worried about it. “We know Andres Torres is an outstanding defender,” Collins said. “We know the left fielder is a very good outfielder, and the kid who is playing right field is working as hard as any guy that I’ve ever been around, so he’s...

Santana passes latest test

PORT ST. LUCIE — Johan Santana continues to shoulder a healthy workload without signs of regression. Another step in the Mets ace’s recovery from left shoulder surgery came yesterday, when Santana simulated two innings of work. Overall, he threw 72 pitches. In the simulation phase, he threw 31 pitches, taking...

Mets' Santana throws 73 pitches

Johan Santana threw 73 pitches in another bullpen session Sunday and remains on track to pitch in a March 6 Grapefruit League game. And right now, that is as far as the Mets are looking.

Mets manager Terry Collins’ trying day ensures bad one for Ruben Tejada

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Gee seeks to K doubts

Dillon Gee spent 10 days over the winter touring Taiwan with a team of MLB stars, bringing along his wife, Kari Ann, and parents for the working vacation.

Gee whiz! Dillon to start spring opener, Johan to follow

Terry Collins announced on Saturday that Dillon Gee will start the Grapefruit League opener on March 5, at Digital Domain Park against Washington.
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