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Mets Pitcher Dillon Gee Faces Surgery, N.Y. Daily News Says

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July 12 (Bloomberg) -- New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee will have surgery to repair damage to a shoulder artery that was clogged by a blood clot, the New York Daily News reported, citing a person familiar with the operation.

Gee, who was released from a New York hospital yesterday after doctors used a catheter to break up an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder, will be in St. Louis tomorrow for surgery at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the newspaper said.

After an eight-week recovery, Gee could return to the team’s lineup before the end of the regular season on Oct. 3, although it is “probably not likely,” the Daily News said, citing the person familiar.

The Mets declined to comment on the report.

The surgery will prevent a recurrence of clotting in the same location for the 26-year-old right-hander, who was placed on the disabled list two days ago.

Gee has a 6-7 record this year with a 4.10 earned run average. A third-year player who was drafted by the Mets in 2007, he is 21-15 with a 4.06 ERA for his career in Major League Baseball.

The Mets yesterday also announced that left-handed pitcher Josh Edgin will be added to the team’s active roster today. Edgin, 25, was 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA and one save in 35 games for Triple-A Buffalo this season.

New York is 46-40, 4 1/2 games behind the National League East-leading Washington Nationals as it begins the second half of the season. The Mets open a six-game road trip against the Atlanta Braves tomorrow.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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