July7, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
The arterial blood clot in Dillon Gee's right shoulder has resolved and Dillon will be discharged from New York-Presbyterian Hospital today. During the next several days, Dillon will consider additional treatment options,including possible surgery, to prevent a recurrence of clotting in the same location.
Yesterday, the Mets placed Gee on the 15-day disabled list with a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. Over at Mets Minor League Blog, Toby Hyde looked at a bunch of other pitchers who developed blood clots, and while clots can form in different areas and have wholly disparate physiological consequences, the salient point seems to be that it's a very serious situation and we can expect the Mets and Gee to take their time assessing it and determining the appropriate course of treatment.
While Gee is infirm, the Mets announced that Miguel Batista will take his spot in the starting rotation beginning next Wednesday against the Nationals. It's possible that this plan will change, though, as the Mets have an off-day on Monday and could conceivably pitch everyone else on normal rest and push back Batista's first start to the following Saturday, July 21, at Citi Field against the Dodgers.