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Miguel Batista to Replace Dillon Gee in Mets' Rotation

June 24, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Miguel Batista (47) pitches against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
June 24, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Miguel Batista (47) pitches against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Veteran right-hander Miguel Batista will replace Dillon Gee, who is dealing with a blood clot in his shoulder, in the New York Mets’ starting rotation, reports Scott Miller of CBSSports.com.

For now, manager Terry Collins says, Miguel Batista will move into a rotation that, post-All-Star break, will go Chris Young, R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana(assuming no ill effects from his twisted ankle), Jonathan Niese and Batista.

Mets’ manager Terry Collins also told Miller that top prospect Matt Harvey could eventually be an option for the rotation spot left vacant by Gee. Collins said that New York will have to be sure that Harvey is going to be ready to help the team once called up.

Batista has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 4.20 and 1.672 for the Mets this season over his 26 appearances, including four starts. The 41-year-old owns career marks of 4.47 and 1.490.

Harvey, 23, has posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.39 and 1.312 with 9.3 SO/9 and 3.8 BB/9 over his 18 starts for the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate.

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Should the Mets call Harvey up to replace Gee?

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