Dillon Gee believes he'll be ready for start of spring training with Mets

Dillon Gee delivers to the plate during a Dillon Gee delivers to the plate during a game against Baltimore. (June 20, 2012) Photo Credit: David Pokress

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Mets righthander Dillon Gee expects to start spring training on time as he continues to recover from surgery in July to repair and widen a blocked artery in his pitching shoulder. Gee said he will begin his offseason throwing program at the end of this month.

Gee and reliever Bobby Parnell were at Citi Field Wednesday to collect food donations for victims of superstorm Sandy. The pair then went to hard-hit Breezy Point to deliver brooms, shovels and bottled water.

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Gee, who will turn 27 in April, revealed that he had "finger numbness for the last couple of years." He had been in the Mets rotation until July 7. He finished 6-7 with a 4.10 earned run average.

Parnell, who had an opportunity to close on occasion last season and has been identified by manager Terry Collins as having closer's stuff, said "I am always ready" for that role, but he knows the job belongs to Frank Francisco -- if he can stay healthy. Parnell was placed in the closer role on occasion during injuries to Francisco and was designated for that job after Francisco was shut down with elbow discomfort in September. Parnell had seven saves, three in the final eight days of the season.

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