New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, after undergoing what has now become season ending surgery during the All-Star break with an early August move to the 60 day disabled list by the club to make room on the 40-man roster, says of his successful shoulder operation that he will, "definitely be a full 100 percent ready at spring training" next season adding he could, "technically be ready to throw off the mound in a game at the end this year," but with "no real reason rush it this year," the organization wisely shut him down for the remainder of 2012.
The 2007 draft prospect, enjoying his second major league season with the Metropolitans, exited the season on July 7 after hurling eight strong innings against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field yielding one run, seven hits and four strikeouts resulting in a 3-1 victory for the Amazings.
“All of sudden, that last outing against the Cubs, I went home and I could barely lift my am up,” revealed Gee no longer able to push through the discomfort further explained, “I had no pulse in it; there was just zero blood flow.”
The Cleburne, Texas native’s 2012 campaign, which featured 17 starts totaling 109.2 innings pitched, culminated with a (6-7) win-loss record registering 97 strikeouts while recording a 4.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
Calling it “a special time of year” for himself, today, September 7, Gee celebrates the second year anniversary of his first call-up to “the show.”
“I have very fond memories of that day,” said Gee especially proud of collecting his initial RBI with his “very first AB” after going “all year in the minors without a hit.”
Drafted on June 7, making his major league debut on September 7 and shut down on July 7, perhaps the triple sevens will prove fortuitous for Gee who fully anticipates a return to the Mets starting rotation, but acknowledges the realities and ramifications of injuries, “opening spots for other people” which he says he “tries not worry about” because “that’s baseball,” quickly recalling himself coming up “because of injuries” as well.
For now, all indications strongly suggest Gee’s return to the club that drafted him in the 21st round of the 2007 draft with the 26 year-old offering, “I still think I’m going to improve [so] all I can do is try to pitch the best that I can and hopefully I will have spot here on this team.”
Here are a few excerpts from the complete audio interview:
Fast Life - Tell us how your surgery went and the latest on your condition?
Gee - Surgery went awesome, went off without a hitch. I've been recovering well. I just started playing catch a couple of days ago. Physically, I feel fantastic. Hopefully, finish up the year playing catch and then use the offseason to prepare for next spring training.
Fast Life - In your heart, Dillon, do you feel like ownership is doing a good job of putting a winning product on the field?
Gee - I do. Obviously, I'm not a front office guy; I don't know how things work. I don't know about budgets, payrolls and all of that stuff, but I feel like Sandy Alderson is an awesome GM, smart. He knows what he is doing. I think this organization is going in the right direction.
Fast Life - Do you look at Terry Collins as a scapegoat for the Mets woes? Do you think he deserves to be back for another season?
Gee - I think Terry is a great man. He handles the media well. He handles the players well. He has our back; always behind us 100 percent. He has done a great job with the team. It's not the year that we all wanted it to be, but overall, he has done a super job.
Fast Life - Now it has been stated that Terry Collins is behind you 100 percent. He has said that you have a spot secured in next seasons pitching rotation. But are there any concerns with the organization bringing up prospects like Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and the such that you may not have a job next year?
Gee - Yes. Obviously, I think about it. I try not to worry about it because that's just baseball. I came up because of injuries. I do think about it a lot; but, at the same time, I have pitched pretty well in the big leagues and I think I'm going to be even better coming off the surgery. I will be 100 percent. I think I will improve. I want to be with the Mets, but if they feel like I should be somewhere else, hopefully I will be valuable somewhere else. All that I can do is pitch the best that I can and hope that I still have a spot on this team.