Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gee To Have Surgery, May Be Done For The Season

According to ESPN New York, Dillon Gee will undergo surgery on Friday to repair an artery in his pitching shoulder.

The right-hander was hospitalized after it was discovered that he had a blood clot. Gee complained of numbness in his pitching hand following his start on Saturday.

The surgery should prevent the recurrence of blood clotting.

In 17 starts this season, Gee is 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA.

The Mets don't expect Gee to resume throwing for six to eight weeks.

I'll take Gee being out for the rest of the year if it means he is healthy in the long run. He's a person first and baseball player second. 

Here's to a speedy recovery.

Now the big question is...what to do about the rotation? 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Dickey's Signature Pitch Is Apparently Too Much To Handle

The San Francisco Giants fans stuffed the All-Star ballot. They have three starters in the National League lineup with Melky Cabrera in center field, Buster Posey behind the plate, and Pedro Sandoval at third base.

For good measure, National League manager Tony LaRussa decided to have Giants pitcher Matt Cain start the game.

Now I don't want to take anything away from Matt Cain. He has had an excellent year to date, going 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA and a perfect game to boot.

But come on. How do you now start R.A. Dickey? The guy has been the best pitcher in baseball in the first half with a 12-1 record and a 2.40 ERA. Not to mention he threw back-to-back one-hitters.

So you may be asking yourself, "Why isn't Dickey starting?" The answer: Buster Posey can't catch a knuckleball.

An "All-Star" catcher can't figure out, or be bothered to figure out, how to catch Dickey's signature pitch.

I don't know what's gone on behind the scenes. Maybe Posey wanted to catch Dickey. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he didn't have an issue with it. But in the end, LaRussa made the final decision.

(Side note: Don't pitchers in the ASG normally throw just 1-2 innings anyway?)

According to The New York Times, LaRussa stated that he also wanted to, "Honor Cain's 'career of excellence, and it's getting better and better.'" 

Forgive me, but I thought the 2012 All-Star Game was about honoring those who have shown excellence in, ya know, 2012. 

Dickey has taken the nation by storm. He has become a feel-good story. Always the underdog, he has fought to get where he is today and it's finally his time to shine.

None of that matters apparently.

Hope everyone enjoys watching the American League vs. The San Francisco Giants tomorrow night.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

ICYMI: The Week In Review

When the Mets return to action following the All-Star break, Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey, and Jon Niese are the scheduled starters in Atlanta.

R.A. Dickey and David Wright were chosen to participate in the All-Star game, although neither will be starting (What a joke).

Dickey continues to garner national attention. He was named N.L. Player of the Month for June, he is set to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, and he was ABC World News' Person of the Week.

Prospects Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler will participate in the Futures Game today in Kansas City. Game time is 5p.m. on ESPN 2.

Justin Hampson was designated for assignment and Jordany Valdespin took his place on the roster. Valdespin hit home runs in back-to-back games against the Cubs.

Pedro Beato was called up after the team optioned Jeremy Hefner to Buffalo. Beato pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Thursday.

The Mets reclaimed Chris Schwinden. I don't know why. 

 If you're into Twitter, Matt Harvey has joined. Tweet him at @MattHarvey43.

On the injury front...

Frank Francisco is scheduled to pitch in a rehab game on Wednesday. Francisco strained his left oblique during the Subway Series.

Andres Torres has been day-to-day with back spasms.

The Mets are planning on Jason Bay making a rehab start in St. Lucie today. They expect him to play two or three games there before moving on to Triple-A Buffalo.

Mike Baxter told ESPN New York that he has full range of motion in his injured shoulder and has been hitting off a tee. He has been rehabbing in St. Lucie.