Following up on earlier reports that Dillon Gee was hospitalized for testing because he felt numbness in his fingers, SNY reports that the Mets will place him on the 15-day disabled list after doctors found a blood clot in the artery of his right shoulder. Here's hoping Gee makes a full recovery. Whether or not he will be able to pitch again this year remains to be seen.
As for Gee's potential replacements, it's going to be mighty tempting for the Mets to call up top pitching prospect Matt Harvey from Buffalo. Harvey has a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts for the Bisons this year with 9.3 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9. Considering the team's other options to fill the void left by Gee are Miguel Batista, Jeremy Hefner, and Chris Schwinden, Harvey could very well get a shot at pitching in the big leagues once the Mets return from the All Star break.
Here's the official statement from the Mets:
"On Sunday, Dillon Gee complained of numbness in the fingers of his right hand. Yesterday, after extensive testing, Dillon was found to have a clot in an artery in his right shoulder and doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City used a catheter to break up the clot. Dillon will remain hospitalized for the next day or two to ensure that the clot is fully resolved. Dillon will not make his next start and will be placed on the disabled list. The timing of his return to baseball activity is currently undetermined."