ATLANTA -- The Mets announced that Dillon Gee will have surgery Friday to "replace a portion of damaged artery" that resulted from the blood clot he had removed earlier in the week. Dr. Robert Thompson will perform the operation in St. Louis. Gee is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

"I talked to him [Wednesday] and he was fine with that," Terry Collins said. "He was glad there was an answer, glad the doctors told him they can get him better. He was very upbeat, which I was glad to hear.

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"I just told him I hope he understands what a big loss this is to us. But the idea now is to get better."

Gee first complained of numbness in his pitching hand after last Saturday's start, in which he allowed one run in eight innings in a 3-1 win over the Cubs. After an MRI revealed the clot, it was broken up with a catheter on Tuesday and Gee was released from New York-Presbyterian Hospital the next day.

That was not the end of the problem, however. The Mets said the decision to have surgery Friday was the result of a recommendation by the team's medical staff along with Gee's consultation with Thompson.

"I was bummed for him," said Chris Young, who talked and texted with Gee. "He was having a great year and he's been an important part of this team. To see him go through something like that -- not even from a baseball standpoint, just for his life in general -- that's scary stuff.

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"I'm glad that they found it and I'm glad that he's getting it fixed. It will give him an opportunity to get it right and hopefully we'll see him again at some point this year."