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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Dillon Gee completes first rehab start

By on 6/25/2014 06:00:00 AM

Despite entering Tuesday's game six games below .500 at 35-41, the New York Mets are only five and a half games out in the mediocre National League East. They have struggled offensively, ranked just 22nd in the league in runs scored. But a pitching staff with an ERA of 3.54 is keeping the Mets in most ball games. For the Mets to contend, they will need the pitching to continue to rise to the occasion. One pitcher which may help is Dillon Gee, who has been on the disabled list since May. The good news is he is making progress, having completed his first rehab start.

I reported on June 17 that Gee felt he needed another bullpen session and a few rehab starts before returning. There is currently no timetable for his return, but expecedt to be ready to return to the Mets' rotation by the end of the month or beginning of July.   

Gee has made his first rehab start, as reported by Adam  Rubin of, against the Gulf Coast League Marlins in Jupiter, Florida. He pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one. Gee expects his next two outings to be longer and since this outing was short, may be back on the mound quicker than five days.

The timetable for his return, should there be no setbacks, is now closer to the second week of July, right before the All-Star break.

Gee, a 28-year old right handed pitcher out of Texas, made his Major League debut in 2010.  Last season, he was 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA.  He allowed 208 hits and 24 home runs in 199 innings, while striking out 142. In eight games this season, Gee is 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA.  He has a career record of 36-27 with a 3.78 ERA.

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