Dillon Gee hadn’t faced major league hitters since last July after undergoing surgery to remove a clot in an artery.

And while you could argue that’s still the case after yesterday’s performance against the Marlins, Gee’s three scoreless innings were a positive sign.

“I was just excited to get out there and compete again,” Gee said after the Mets lost to Miami, 6-4, at Roger Dean Stadium.

So while he left his fastball up more than he or pitching coach Dan Warthen would have liked, both were encouraged.

“I’d expect that from him, to be amped up,” Warthen said.

Gee focused on the fact his arm was strong.

“I’ll try to put that behind me,” Gee said of the clot that resulted in numbness in his fingers and forced him to miss the second half of the season. “You can’t go out there timid.”

Gee has been symptom-free since he began throwing toward the end of last season, but admitted it was different to face big league hitters after an outing against the University of Michigan last week.