(BaseballStL) -- St. Louis hasn’t been a place with great memories for New York Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Gee, who made his first career start at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, came to St. Louis last July for a more serious problem than to play baseball. He came to make a visit to Dr. Robert Thompson, who would perform shoulder surgery on July 13 to replace a damaged artery on the then 26-year-old right-hander.
It would mark the end of his 2012 season.
He returned to action this spring while posting a 1-2 record with a 5.87 earned run average in 23 innings pitched.
The rocky return has continued into the regular season and, in particular, on the road.
In his fourth road start this season, Gee allowed nine hits, six runs (five earned) and three walks in four innings pitched in a 10-4 loss to St. Louis. He has yet to pitch more than five innings on the road and has allowed at least four runs in each of those starts.
The Cardinals’ bats sent Gee’s road record to 1-3 and his road ERA to 11.67 (21 ER in 16.2 IP).
Gee is 2-5 with a 6.19 ERA in eight total starts.
Before the artery problem last season, the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder was 6-7 with a 4.10 earned run average in 17 starts.