Wheeler’s injury puts Gee back in Mets’ starting rotation

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Dillon Gee is rejoining the New York Mets’ starting rotation after Zack Wheeler’s elbow injury, which likely will require season-ending surgery.

New York’s opening-day starter last year, Gee was slated for a bullpen role. Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Gee will take Wheeler’s spot in the rotation and pitching coach Dan Warthen told Gee to start getting his arm stretched out as a starter.

A 28-year-old right-hander, Gee was 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA in 22 starts last year, when he missed almost two months because of strained back muscle. The Mets considered trade options during the offseason but opted to keep him and planned to use a rotation of Matt Harvey, Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese.