The New York Mets' second-half is off to a dreadful start.
Adding injury to the insult of R.A. Dickey and David Wright not earning starting nods for the MLB All-Star Game, it was announced on July 10 that Dillon Gee will start the second half of the 2012 season on the disabled list after a blood clot in his shoulder was diagnosed.
Gee, a 26-year-old righty, has been a reliable arm behind Dickey and Santana, notching six victories with a manageable 4.10 ERA to go along with 97 strikeouts.
While losing Gee won't end the Mets' playoff hopes, it's not the way you want to open the stretch run of a stellar campaign.
Where does that leave the Mets' starting rotation?
Due to the unpredictable nature of a blood clot, it's unclear whether Gee will miss just one start or if this will set him back for the remainder of the season.
According to a NYTimes.com report, Gee remains at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital after doctors used a catheter to break up the clot. He must remain there for at least a day or two for observation.
The Mets have been reluctant to call up any of their three young pitching prospects - Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey or Jeurys Familia - before they are absolutely ready, but this is an emergency situation.
Harvey, a 23-year-old righty, is clearly the best option for the Mets at present time. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound standout has been a dominating presence at Triple-A Buffalo, putting up solid stats in 18 appearances.
He is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and opposing BAA of .234 with Buffalo, so it looks like he's close to MLB-ready.
"Nuthin' But A Gee Thang"
Mets fans don't need to see the team trotting out 40-year-old journeyman Miguel Batista for any more spot starts.
Batista filled in nicely in a spot start on May 14 against the Milwaukee Brewers, but the results have not been great besides that one game. He has a 6.75 ERA in the month of July, and 4.10 ERA on the season.
Harvey would definitely not be any worse than Batista, so it's worth giving the kid a chance to see what he can do. Who knows? It may provide a little spark for the Mets to make a solid push to the postseason.
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Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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