The New York Mets suffered a big blow to their starting rotation when Dillon Gee went down with an injury earlier this week.
Unexpectedly, Gee was hospitalized during the All Star break to clear a blood clot in his right shoulder and it was determined he needs surgery to replace a portion of damaged artery in that right shoulder.
Who exactly will replace him in the lineup is open to debate but it is clear that the Mets need to give their team a reliable starter in that slot to keep their post-season hopes alive.
Mets Manager Terry Collins said Miguel Batista is the most likely candidate to take the spot but he wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of recalling a pitcher from AAA. The name on everyone’s list of course is 2010 1st Round Draft Choice and blue chip NY Mets prospect Matt Harvey.
For AAA Buffalo, Harvey has a 7-4 record to go along with an ERA or 3.39 thus far this season. Decent numbers for sure and he’s even made the International League all stars but the question is, would recalling him this early in his career be a help or hindrance to his long term development? The Mets cannot afford to rush him to the big leagues only to shatter his confidence should he be overwhelmed by big league hitters. He should be brought along at his pace, not accelerated just to fill a need for the big club because in the long run, the Mets need him to maximize his potential. If that means the team goes out and trades off other assets in order to acquire a pitcher who can right help, then so be it. It is a delicate balance that teams walk when dealing with the top prospects in the organization. One false move could turn a future stud into a career-long dud.
Despite the concern over the starting rotation, the New York Mets are entering the 2nd half of the season on a mission to keep the team rolling. With a record of 46-40 and just 4.5 games out of first place, the Mets are challenging for the National League East lead and with a strong second half, could finish in first place this season.
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