MILWAUKEE - After clearing waivers, Dillon Gee has accepted his assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Refusing to report there would have cost Gee the $3.1 million remaining on his contract. Instead, he will pitch in the minors, where he will serve as insurance in case of an injury in the Mets' starting rotation.
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Other teams had until 1 p.m. Tuesday to claim Gee, who was placed on waivers after the Mets couldn't find a trade partner.
Removing Gee from the 40-man roster opened a spot that the Mets will need July 7, when reliever Jenrry Mejia will be eligible to return from his PED suspension.
Mejia pitched in a rookie-level game Tuesday, when he began the 16-day rehab stint that is given to players coming off suspensions.
Gee could elect free agency at season's end if he's not recalled to the major leagues.
The Brewers held a moment of silence for former Mets and Brewers outfielder Darryl Hamilton, who was found slain Sunday in what police have called a murder-suicide.
Mets manager Terry Collins said he was "shocked'' at the loss of Hamilton, whom he considered a "great friend.''
"I don't think I've ever been around anybody who's ever had anything bad to say about Darryl Hamilton, ever,'' Collins said. "It's a tragic situation, so certainly our thoughts are with his family. He'll be missed.''
Closer Jeurys Familia said he's feeling "pretty good'' after throwing a light bullpen before Tuesday night's game. He was expected to be available . . . Second baseman Daniel Murphy (quadriceps) is on track to begin playing in minor-league rehab games, assistant general manager John Ricco said, an indication he could return soon. But Ricco declined to establish a firm timeline . . . Righthander Rafael Montero (rotator cuff inflammation), relievers Jerry Blevins (fractured left arm) and Buddy Carlyle (hip/hamstring) are far from a return.