Mets now eye one start before break for Gee

June, 30, 2014
ATLANTA -- The Mets originally had penciled in Dillon Gee to be activated from the disabled list next Tuesday, in time to make two starts before the All-Star break. Now, the timeline only will allow for one major league appearance by Gee before the Mets break for four days.

Gee, on the DL with a strained right lat muscle, made his second rehab start on Sunday, logging 55 pitches over 2 2/3 innings with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Assuming he continues to rebound fine from that start, Gee next would appear no sooner than Friday, in what should be his final rehab appearance. That means he can return to the majors no sooner than five days later, on July 9.

Unfortunate for the Mets' planning, had Gee been able to return a day earlier, on July 8, the Mets could have bumped Daisuke Matsuzaka (or Jacob deGrom) from the rotation that day. Now, deGrom and Matsuzaka should be assured two starts apiece before Gee is able to return.

The location of Gee's next rehab start remains unresolved. A team insider said it is entirely possible he again pitches with the Cyclones. Brooklyn is home on the Fourth of July against Aberdeen.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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