Mets Starter Dillon Gee Has Blood Clot Surgery

Mets righthander Dillon Gee was going about having a reasonably good season, and was looking forward to starting the Mets’ first game after the All-Star break.

Now he’s in the hospital for a couple of days following surgery for a blood clot, and it’s not certain when he can return:

Dr. Sharif Ellozy, a vascular expert and associate professor of surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital who did not examine Gee, offered some insight into the recovery for someone who went through a procedure similar to Gee’s.

“You can get up and start moving within a day or so,” he told ESPNNewYork.com Tuesday. “As far as him going back to pitching, it depends on what the artery looks like — if the artery looks normal or if they think there’s some abnormality in the artery that caused it. The fact that he’s a pitcher and that it was in the arm that he was pitching from, you suspect there may be some injury where it goes between the clavicle and the first rib in that arm. How soon he’ll be able to return depends on what they find.”

Chris Young will start the first game after the break, and for the time being, reliever Miguel Batista will take Gee’s spot in the rotation. The Mets say they don’t yet know when Gee can resume baseball activities.

For more on the Mets, please visit Amazin’ Avenue and SB Nation New York.

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