"I don't think about where I've come from in the last year," Gee said. The Mets on Monday officially named Gee their Opening Day starter, with Jon Niese set to begin the season on the disabled list. Gee has been dominant during spring training. "I guess I can tell them thank you instead of being like, 'I don't know,'" Gee said, laughing. Niese threw off a mound Monday for the first time since the injection and reported no ill effects.LUCIE, Fla. Dillon Gee will start the New York Mets' opener at home against Washington on March 31. Jonathon Niese was expected to be the Mets' opening-day starter for the second straight year, but he has been sidelined by shoulder and elbow injuries. The Mets could have given the assignment to Bartolo Colon or Zack Wheeler, but the former is new to the organization and the latter has limited big league experience not to mention an innings limit that even one extra start could affect.