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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Gee's absence may be prolonged

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Dillon Gee's original, ambitious goal to return from the disabled list after missing only two starts has long been thrown out the window. Now, Gee is taking a cautious approach that suggests Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom may be in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

Gee packed up his belongings after Tuesday's 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates and prepared to travel to the Mets' complex in Florida. He has been on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle since May 11.

"We're going to go with the slow-and-steady approach this time," Gee said.

Gee said he threw two pitches on flat ground on Sunday with the intention of stepping onto a mound for the first time that day when he had to abort the session because he was uncomfortable.

"I couldn't even play catch," he said.

Now, there is no set day he plans to attempt to step on a mound again. Gee said that's because he did "too much too quickly" and aggravated the lat muscle on Sunday.

Also packing his belongings in the home clubhouse Tuesday was Eric Young Jr. He landed on the DL on Monday with a right hamstring strain. E.Y. Jr. underwent an MRI on Tuesday but said the images will not be read until Wednesday.