Jacob deGrom will start for Mets after Dillon Gee goes on DL

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Rafael Montero of the Mets pitches in the third inning against the Yankees at Citi Field on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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Prospect Jacob deGrom won't have to worry about a bullpen transition after all.

With righthander Dillon Gee landing on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat muscle, the 25-year-old deGrom will move into the starting rotation. His first assignment comes Thursday night when he starts the Subway Series finale against the Yankees.

"I'm going to go out there with the same approach I always go out there with," said deGrom, originally slated to pitch out of the bullpen after his promotion on Tuesday. "Try to locate the ball, stay down in the zone, and get ahead of guys."

Gee (3-1, 2.73 ERA) felt unusual soreness after his last start. He pushed back his bullpen session by a day in hopes of allowing his lat muscle time to rest. He remained confident about making his start.

But Gee felt pain in the area on Tuesday, which only worsened when he woke up Wednesday. An MRI exam revealed a strain.

The Mets took a cautious approach.

"This was just something I wasn't comfortable pitching through," said Gee, who expects he'll miss two starts.

Concussion concerns

One night after taking a backswing off the top of his helmet, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was expected to undergo another concussion test, manager Terry Collins said.

Symptoms lingered for d'Arnaud, who took a backswing off the bat of Alfonso Soriano late in Tuesday night's 12-7 rout of the Yankees.

"He's had some symptoms," GM Sandy Alderson said. "So the concern is that they may be concussion related."

The Mets are concerned enough about d'Arnaud that they summoned minor-league catcher Juan Centeno to New York in case he must be activated.

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