Dillon Gee discharged from hospital, but surgery is possible Friday

Starting pitcher Dillon Gee of the New York

Starting pitcher Dillon Gee of the New York Mets pitches during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs. (June 26, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Mets pitcher Dillon Gee was released from Manhattan's New York-Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday after doctors Monday removed a blood clot from his right pitching shoulder and could have surgery as early as Friday to correct the problem, two people familiar with the situation said, but no final decision has been made.

The Mets are still discussing medical options for Gee.

"The arterial blood clot in Dillon Gee's right shoulder has resolved," the Mets said in a statement. "During the next several days, Dillon will consider additional treatment options, including possible surgery, to prevent a recurrence of clotting in the same location."

Gee was held two extra days as a precaution. The Mets have not given a timetable for his return. On Tuesday the team announced that Gee will begin the second half of the season on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing a minimally invasive procedure where doctors used a catheter to remove the clot. Gee complained of numbness in the fingers of his right hand on Saturday after he pitched eight innings in a 3-1 win over the Cubs. It was his longest outing of the season.

"Appreciate all the concern for Gee, we are worried too," Gee's teammate Justin Turner wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers."

Manager Terry Collins also didn't downplay the severity of the situation, telling reporters in Kansas City on Tuesday that he was "really nervous for him . . . I'm really scared for him."

Gee, the No. 4 pitcher in the Mets' rotation, went 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in the first half. His Saturday performance against the Cubs was one of his best of the season and he was slated to start the Mets' first game back from the All-Star break Friday night in Atlanta. Chris Young will get the start instead.

Collins told reporters that 41-year-old Miguel Batista will get the first shot at replacing Gee in the rotation. Top prospect Matt Harvey, currently starting for Triple-A Buffalo, is also in the mix.

For now, the Mets have called up lefthanded reliever Josh Edgin to take Gee's spot on the roster. Edgin is expected to join the team in Atlanta.

The 25-year-old Edgin was 3-2 for Buffalo with a 3.89 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 371/3 innings over 35 relief appearances.

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