The team said Gee reported numbness in his fingers Sunday. Doctors discovered the clot Monday and inserted a catheter into his shoulder to break it up.
In the Wall Street Journal, Brian Costa speaks with Dr. Lawrence Gardner, the acting co-director of hematology at NYU Langone Medical Center, and explains:
[jbox color="gray"]"Arterial clots are generally more serious than those found in veins because they can restrict the flow of blood to muscles and vital organs. The fact that doctors had to insert a catheter, rather than merely putting Gee on blood thinners, indicates that it was more than just a minor issue.[/jbox]
Terry Collins told reporters in Kansas City that Chris Young will start in Gee’s place this Friday against the Braves, after which Miguel Batista could slot in (for the July 21 start) depending on how the team handles the off-day next Monday.
[avatar name="cerrone"]Matthew Cerrone: The sense I get is the team and players are actually pretty concerned about this, and I think Costa's conversation with Dr. Gardner explains why. I had just one conversation with someone familiar with this situation, and I was told to look more at Jeremy Bonderman's history (as Costa points out) than Bobby Parnell, who had a similar, but less serious situation occur last season. The concern, as I can tell, is that (at the very least) this could be months of recovery, but worse could be career-threatening because of damage to the actual shoulder due to a lack of blood flow. In the meantime, everyone waits, including Gee.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Gee will be replaced on the roster by either Triple-A reliever Josh Edgin or Robert Carson.