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Royals’ Dillon Gee reports on social media that his surgery went well

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Dillon Gee.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Dillon Gee.

Royals pitcher Dillon Gee had a surgical procedure performed on Tuesday and it went well, as he shared a photo on Instagram on Wednesday that showed him in the hospital.

Gee’s season was cut short when he was diagnosed with blood clots in his right shoulder and lungs while the team was in Detroit on Sept. 25. Gee was hospitalized, and later had the clots removed, but then said he needed surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome.

That is a neurogenic condition caused by the compression of nerves near the neck and shoulder. According to the Cleveland Clinic, surgery removed the first rib, which makes more room for the vessels and nerves.

Gee is the third pitcher in the Royals organization to have the surgery. In the summer, reliever Luke Hochevar and pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer had the procedure one. Mets starter Matt Harvey had the surgery in the summer and Padres pitcher Tyson Ross was expected to have the procedure done today.

In 2016, Gee was 8-9 with a 4.68 ERA in 125 innings pitched. He struck out 89 and walked 37 in 33 appearances, including 14 starts.

Gee, who is under club control through 2017, shared this message on his Instagram post: “Feeling great after surgery yesterday afternoon. Now we go!! #whoneedsarib”


Feeling great after surgery yesterday afternoon. Now we go!! #whoneedsarib

A photo posted by Dillon Gee (@dillongee35) on

Zimmer reached out to Gee on Twitter, and the two had a fun little exchange, and Zimmer offered a little advice as to what to expect:

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