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Dillon Gee has received a positive report from an examination on his surgically repaired artery, but remains unlikely to return this season, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

"They said it looks great. I'm progressing fast," Gee said, according to Rubin. "It's still three more weeks until the six-week checkup. That's where they're going to clear me to throw."

Gee was diagnosed with a clot in the artery in his throwing shoulder after reporting numbness in his pitching hand. He had surgery during the All-Star Break to repair the artery, and he could begin throwing again by September 1.

The whole thing is just a shame for Gee, but thank goodness this was identified when it was and it didn't escalate into anything worse. There is no reason whatsoever Gee needs to take any risks, especially with the team falling further and further out of the race. Even if the Mets were in it, his recovery and ability to live a normal life is more important in this case, even beyond his baseball career.

The funny thing is, before R.A. Dickey's complete game victory on Thursday, Gee had the last victory at Citi Field before that on July 7. In a way, the loss of Gee marked the beginning this swoon for the Mets, although there have been many other problems and causes for the losing lately. 

Gee went 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts for the Mets this season.

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