Gee shrugs off walks, feels good in latest start

LAKELAND, Fla. -- You can believe the pitching line, which shows that right-hander Dillon Gee walked three batters in his four-inning start against the Tigers on Friday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Or you can believe Gee.

"Obviously, I never want to walk that many guys. [But] I felt like I'm really close. I felt pretty good," he said.

"It's just the way I feel. I can kind of tell. I'm real close to clicking. Obviously, the fastball was up again today. I don't know if it's a sixth sense, but I can feel that I'm pretty close. I know I've been doing this long enough to know that I'm on the right track. I can feel that I'm really close to figuring it out right now."

Gee's progress will be watched closely because he didn't pitch after July 7 after a blood clot was discovered in his shoulder. He said that, as far as he's concerned, that's completely behind him and that he's on a normal spring schedule and that, even though he didn't locate his fastball, he was pleased with the way he was able to effectively throw his secondary pitches while behind in the count.

"Now I just start building up more innings. Next time out, probably five or six. It's probably based on a pitch count, but I don't know what that is right now. And continue to refine everything I'm working on," he said.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.