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Great outing in Brooklyn for Dillon Gee, who is close to return

New York Mets starter Dillon Gee pitches in

New York Mets starter Dillon Gee pitches in a rehab assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park on Friday, July 4, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Dillon Gee said he feels ready to rejoin the Mets and expects "to pick up just where I left off."

"Foreseeing that I feel good [Saturday], I would love to go back up there," Gee said Friday night after looking very sharp in his third rehab start. "I think I'm ready to go."

Whether he rejoins the rotation before the All-Star break will be discussed Saturday in a meeting with manager Terry Collins, pitching coach Dan Warthen and the Mets' training staff, Gee said.

Pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones against Aberdeen at MCU Park, Gee threw 75 pitches, 51 for strikes, in six innings. He struck out 10, allowed one run, three hits and a walk, and hit a batter.

"Really, I felt like I got stronger as the game went on, so those are all good signs. I feel good right now," said Gee, the Mets' Opening Day starter, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a strained right lateral muscle.

"You always feel pretty good coming out of a game, so it's just how you recover," he said. "But I recovered well after the last outing and I don't see why I wouldn't this time.''

Gee's only trouble came with two outs in the second. He allowed a double that reached the wall and a hard-hit RBI single to centerfield before ending the inning with a strikeout on a curveball.

Gee, who said he had good command of all his pitches, attributed that early bump in the road to not repeating his delivery -- something he quickly fixed. He ended his outing by retiring nine straight.

After being informed that Jonathon Niese left his start with the Mets right around the time that Gee ended his -- Niese was hit in the lower back by a line drive -- Gee said, "I'm sure it feels like it's just snowballing on them if he has to miss any time."

Gee is 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in eight starts for the Mets this season. He threw 55 pitches in 22/3 innings in Brooklyn last Sunday after pitching two innings last week for the Mets' affiliate in the Gulf Coast League in Florida.

"The whole time I've been hurt, I've been working mentally on the game," Gee said. "I really think I'm ready to go."

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