Gee closer to a return -- but to where?

Gee closer to a return -- but to where?

NEW YORK -- Dillon Gee completed a second successful rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Thursday, demonstrating his readiness to return to a rotation that has no room for him.

Gee fired 93 pitches over 6 1/3 shutout innings at Dunedin, striking out five with three hits and no walks. The veteran right-hander, who is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA this season, has not pitched for the Mets since landing on the disabled list on May 8 with a groin injury.

In Gee's place, top prospect Noah Syndergaard has delivered two consecutive promising outings, going 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings. General manager Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that the team is still evaluating its rotation options, with Syndergaard next scheduled to pitch on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Syndergaard's potential

"Every new data point is useful," Alderson said, noting that Syndergaard is not a candidate to pitch in relief. "We'll see how Dillon throws and see how Noah throws. This isn't a competition, but it's new information. So rather than speculating on what will happen, we'll let things unfold and try to make decisions accordingly."

Alderson also said that Super 2 considerations will have no bearing on the decision, meaning it would be difficult for the team to send Syndergaard back to the Minors if he delivers another strong outing. It would also be difficult to remove struggling starters Bartolo Colon or Jon Niese from the rotation given their successful track records, meaning the Mets may have no choice but to send Gee to the bullpen.

Longer-term, the Mets could look to trade Gee, as they did throughout this winter and Spring Training. No deal materialized, and Gee entered the spring ticketed for the bullpen before Zack Wheeler underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery.

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