NEW YORK -- Dillon Gee wanted badly to reach 200 innings for the first time in his career. After logging six innings in his final 2013 appearance, Gee fell an inning shy of that goal.
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"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed," Gee said after Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. "I wanted it for sure. It was a big goal. It would have been a nice milestone to hit in my career so far."
Gee particularly was eager to reach the milestone because he missed the entire second half of last season after undergoing emergency surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.
"That's probably the reason why it's disappointing," Gee said. "Last year, being hurt, I threw -- what? -- 109 innings. And I worked extremely hard to come back and make every start this year. And to fall one inning short is tough."
Gee was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth with one runner on base and the Mets trailing, 4-1.
"We had a chance there, so you've got to take it," Gee said about Terry Collins pinch-hitting for him. "... You've got to respect his decision. I tried to stay in there. Obviously I wanted to be in there. I never want to come out of a game. One inning away from something I really wanted, so I definitely was trying. But it is what it is."
Collins said there would be no thought to giving Gee a relief inning this weekend to get him to the finish line.
"Why?" Collins rhetorically asked, concerned about the injury risk. "I mean, seriously? I don't think so."