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Dillon Gee accepts assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee delivers

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in a game at Citi Field on Sunday, June 14, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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.

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.

Honoring Hamilton

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.''

Medical updates

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.

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