As reported by Roger Rubin, Mets starter Dillon Gee will be backing off of his current rehab work after experiencing a setback. Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson labeled Gee's tentative return date of June 5 as "not realistic" after the Mets' right-hander skipped his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.
Gee was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 15 with a strained right lat muscle. Gee had had a solid start to the season before the injury, though. In 52⅔ innings of work over eight starts, he had put up an ERA+ of 126 to go with a 3–1 record. With his absence extending further into the future than anticipated, the Mets will be given more time to assess the big-league readiness of their young starters recently up from the farm, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom.
Referring to Montero and deGrom, Alderson said, "It's nice that we've got those two guys and we've been able to go to them. But we'd like to get Dillon back in the rotation. He's pitched great for us this year. The sooner we get him, the better."