NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained back muscle, setting up a rare matchup in the Subway Series finale between two starters making their major league debuts.
Jacob deGrom will take Gee's spot in the rotation Thursday night against New York Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley, who will be promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill in for injured CC Sabathia.
"It's unusual, but it seems to be the state that the game is in right now with all the injuries," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The move also means the Mets are scheduled to start consecutive pitchers making their big league debuts for the first time in team history. Rafael Montero pitched Wednesday night at Citi Field against the Yankees after he was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Montero got the ball instead of Jenrry Mejia, who was bumped to the bullpen this week.
"We now have two guys in the rotation who weren't in the rotation yesterday," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "What was once tremendous depth is now getting more and more shallow in terms of resources."
Gee has been the Mets' most consistent and durable starter for about a calendar year. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts this season.
"We're all pretty disappointed today," manager Terry Collins said.
Gee went on the DL retroactive to May 11 and hopes to miss only two turns in the rotation.
"Hopefully, as soon as the soreness gets out, I'll be good to go," he said.
In other news, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud was having concussion tests after he was hit in the head by Alfonso Soriano's backswing Tuesday night. Alderson said d'Arnaud, who stayed in the game, felt symptoms Wednesday after some light exercise and the team was concerned they could be related to a concussion.