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50 Rafael Montero RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/186 | Birthdate: 10/17/1990 | Birthplace: Higuerito, Banica, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 7/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mets P Rafael Montero (shoulder) progressing slowly


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Mets right-hander Rafael Montero is on a slow recovery with his rotator cuff injury, according to ESPN New York. 

Montero is still experiencing some pain in his shoulder. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right rotator cuff inflammation. For the season, Montero has a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings pitched. 


Mets officially announce shelving of RHP Rafael Montero


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) What was widely reported is now official - the Mets have announced that they have placed right-hander Rafael Montero on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Montero pitched four games in relief before earning a start Tuesday, after which it was announced that he was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. That move has been rescinded, allowing the Mets to place Montero on the major league DL.


Mets RHP Rafael Montero (shoulder) placed on disabled list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Mets have placed right-hander Rafael Montero on the disabled list with throwing shoulder tightness Terry Collins has deemed "nothing serious," per the Wall Street Journal.

GM Sandy Alderson chimed in, calling it inflammation in his rotator cuff and confirming that it's not a serious injury.

Montero had been optioned to the minors following his Tuesday start, but that move will probably be rescinded, allowing him to go on the major league DL.

He had pitched five games this season, including four in relief. He fanned 13 in 10 innings, but owns a 4.50 ERA.


Mets' Rafael Montero dealing with tightness in throwing shoulder


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero picked up tightness in the back of his throwing shoulder after his start Tuesday, assistant general manager John Ricco said per ESPN.com.

Montero is going back to New York for further evaluation after being optioned to Triple-A after his first start Tuesday. He is expected to remain with Triple-A Las Vegas, but it could be rescinded and placed on the MLB disabled list if warranted, according to ESPN.

Montero allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work against Miami Tuesday.


Mets' Rafael Montero gets no decision in first start of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero started his first game of the season on Tuesday and picked up a no decision in the Mets' loss to Miami.

Montero pitched five and two thirds innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out six. Montero threw 85 pitches and 54 strikes. 

Montero was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game. RHP Jack Leathersich got called up to take his place. 


Mets recall Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Mets recalled pitcher Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday.

Montero will make his first start of the season Tuesday in Miami after opening the season in the bullpen and being send down to the minors to prepare for a starting role. He is expected to stick in the rotation, as the team will turn to a six-man rotation temporarily to help reduce the workload on Matt Harvey's arm.

Montero struggled in two Triple-A starts, giving up six runs (five earned) in 7 2/3 innings but racking up seven strikeouts against only one walk.


Mets option infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Mets have optioned infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas after four games, the team announced Monday. Muno was moved back to the minors to make room from pitcher Rafael Montero.

Muno went 1 for 6 in four games for the Mets. 


Mets will turn to six-man rotation to keep Matt Harvey fresh


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) As pitcher Matt Harvey continues to recover from the Tommy John surgery that sidelined him last year, the Mets will take a cautious approach to keeping their ace healthy, experimenting with six-man rotations in order to ensure Harvey keeps his start total right around 30 this season, per Newsday.

The report says the Mets' plan is to try and keep Harvey at 30 starts, with no more than 32 during the regular season. To that end, New York will temporarily switch to a six-man rotation and call up Rafael Montero to start Tuesday against the Marlins. 

Harvey is 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts and is averaging 6 2/3 innings, a pace that would put him at 200 innings for 30 starts or 213 innings for 32 by the end of the season -- more than the 180 to 190 the Mets had planned for the pitcher.


Mets RHP Rafael Montero set to start Tuesday despite struggles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Despite a poor performance Thursday for Triple-A Las Vegas by pitching prospect Rafael Montero, the Mets have confirmed that he will start Tuesday at Miami, per ESPN.

The 24-year-old Montero has proven mediocre and a bit wild in limited major league opportunities. He has walked 27 in 48 2/3 innings, including four in 4 1/3 innings over four relief appearances in 2015. But he has averaged more than a strikeout per inning.


Mets' Rafael Montero surrenders four runs in final Triple-A tuneup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Rafael Montero was not at his best during what could be his final tuneup before his first start of the season for the Mets. The right-hander, who is being stretched out for a spot start, allowed four runs on six hits and four strikeouts over five innings.

Manager Terry Collins will likely call Montero back up from the minors in time for an April 28 spot start against Miami in order to give the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest. Montero held a 4.15 ERA in 4 1/3 innings with the big-league club this season.


Terry Collins: Rafael Montero to make spot start for Mets on April 28


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Rafael Montero is expected to return from Triple-A Las Vegas to make a spot start for the Mets on April 28 in Miami, per MLB.com. The reliever was sent down to Las Vegas and inserted into their rotation to stretch out as a starter.

Collin reiterated that Montero is not "one-and-done" after his start, but also added that he won't go with a six-man rotation moving forward. Montero allowed an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning against the Marlins on Thursday. He owns a 4.15 ERA in 4 1/3 innings.


Mets promote INF Danny Muno, demote RP Rafael Montero


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Mets purchased the contract of infielder Danny Muno from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Friday's game against Miami. New York optioned reliever Rafael Montero down to the Las Vegas to clear a spot on the roster for Muno.

Muno, 26, batted .235 in six minor-league games this season. Montero allowed an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning against the Marlins on Thursday. He owns a 4.15 ERA in 4 1/3 innings.


Mets' Warthen on Rafael Montero: 'He will mature'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mets reliever Rafael Montero threw 35 straight fastballs in Friday's loss to the Braves, and the Mets are looking for him to vary his pitch selection moving forward, the New York Post reports.

"What bothered me was [Montero] did not use his two-seam fastball, he did not use his changeup, which have both been huge pitches for him all the way along," pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "He has to learn to shake off and call his own pitches. He will mature. He will get better."

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud took the blame for the unvaried pitch selection.

"It all falls on me," d’Arnaud said. "I will take full responsibility for that."

"The pitcher has the ball in his hand and he makes the call," Warthen said. "I think [Friday] might be a great life lesson. [Montero] certainly could have been out of that inning easily anyway, but that is just a good learning lesson."

Montero gave up the go-ahead two-run single to Braves infielder Phil Gosselin in the eighth inning.

"I don’t care what the name on the back says, these are big league hitters," manager Terry Collins said Saturday. "You can’t throw all those fastballs right in a row without them all of a sudden getting engaged. They have got to see an offspeed pitch."


Rafael Montero takes loss in relief for Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Reliever Rafael Montero allowed two runs on two hits and a walk and took the loss in the Mets' 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Braves. Montero struck out three batters in one inning of work. 

After finishing the seventh, Montero allowed a double, walk and two run single in the eighth to break open a tie game. 


Mets' Montero will not initially be used in high-leverage situations


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Mets reliever Rafael Montero will initially fill a long relief role, manager Terry Collins said Monday. Montero, who was up for a rotation spot this spring, will not pitch in high-leverage or late-inning situations at the outset of the season.

“Right now, I think we need to get his feet wet first,” Collins said, per ESPN. “So I think we’ll put him in somewhat of that longer role of where if you needed two innings, he certainly has the capability of doing it. They tried to do that a long time ago with some young pitchers throughout baseball. Once they get their feet wet and they start to get confidence, you can put them wherever you want and you can get outs.”


Report: Mets to go with four-man bench; Eric Campbell likely snubbed


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Mets are expected to go with an eight-man bullpen and a four-man bench, snubbing Eric Campbell from an Opening Day roster spot, according to ESPN.

Campbell hit .255 (14 for 55) with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBI in 24 Grapefruit League games. The four-man bench will include Ruben Tejada, John Mayberry Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Anthony Recker.

Meanwhile, the eight-man bullpen will include Rafael Montero, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins, Jenrry Mejia, Alex Torres, Carlos Torres, Sean Gilmartin, and Buddy Carlyle .


Mets' Collins: No official decision yet on Rafael Montero, Dillon Gee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen in Friday's exhibition game against the Rangers in San Antonio, according to NJ.com.

Although a report surfaced earlier in the week that the team picked Dillon Gee over Montero for the final spot in the rotation, manager Terry Collins said that no official decision has been made on their fifth starter.

Montero is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA through four spring outings. He has allowed only one run over his last 10 innings of work. In seven appearances (four starts), Gee has held a 2.49 ERA over 21 2/3 innings of work in Grapefruit League play.


Report: Mets pick Gee over Montero for final rotation spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Mets have picked Dillon Gee over prospect Rafael Montero for the fifth spot in the rotation, sources told ESPN.com. New York went with Gee despite a late push from Montero, as the team sought a replacement for the injured Zack Wheeler, who is out for the season due to Tommy John surgery.

Gee was the Mets' Opening Day starter in 2014. He was headed for a bullpen role before Wheeler hurt his elbow this spring. Gee will likely make his first start of the season April 11 against the Braves.

Even though Gee will open the season in the rotation, sources told ESPN.com the Mets still might look to trade him early in the season.

Montero will likely open the season in the Mets bullpen.


Rafael Montero making a strong case to be part of Mets rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero showed Monday against the Marlins why some within the organization want him to replace Zack Wheeler in the rotation rather than Dillon Gee. Montero threw six scoreless innings during a 7-1 win against the Marlins.

Montero retired the first nine batters he faced before Dee Gordon led off the fourth inning with a double. Michael Morse also had a two-out single in the inning, but those were the only hits Montero would allow. 

He didn't issue a walk and struck out six. Montero is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA through four spring outings. Although, in his two starts, he has allowed just one run on five hits in 10 innings.


Mets still open to trading pitcher Dillon Gee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) While Dillon Gee is on track to replace Zack Wheeler (elbow) in the team's rotation, the Mets still might trade Gee, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jone Heyman. Gee is expected to open the season in the rotation, but some team officials would rather see prospect Rafael Montero take Wheeler's spot.

Mets manager Terry Collins has yet to officially name Gee as Wheeler's replacement and continues to keep Montero in the mix. Although, it seems Montero could end up in the bullpen, if Gee claims the final spot in the rotation.

Gee is expected to open the season with the Mets since there are no active trade talks, a source told ESPN.com.


Mets prospect Rafael Montero may be headed to bullpen


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/25/2015) Mets pitching prospect Rafael Montero most likely punched his ticket to make the big club Wednesday with a solid four-inning start against the Yankees.

In his first start of the spring, Montero allowed one earned run, three hits and struck out four.

Montero officially remains in competition with Dillon Gee for the rotation's fifth spot, but it appears he'll be added to the Mets bullpen when the season begins.

When asked where Montero fits into the Mets' pitching staff, manager Terry Collins said "On the team - somewhere."

Montero suggested he is fine with any role.

"[In the] minor leagues I was a starting pitcher," Montero said through an interpreter. "Now, in the big leagues, I'm ready to pitch ... In the minor leagues, I want to start. That's in the minor leagues. But here in the big leagues that's their decision."

Montero has pitched nine innings in the spring so far, posting a 4.00 ERA with nine hits and eight strike outs.

Report: Mets still considering Rafael Montero for final spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) While Dillon Gee is considered the favorite to take Zack Wheeler's spot in the Mets' rotation, starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero still remains in the mix, team insiders told the New York Daily News.

Montero's high ceiling has led some in the organization to hold off in anointing Gee as Wheeler's replacement. Montero, who has a 5.40 ERA through two relief outings, will get his first spring start Wednesday against the Yankees.


Mets' Dan Warthen: Final spot down to Dillon Gee, Rafael Montero


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Though it appears as if Dillon Gee is destined to take Zack Wheeler's spot in the starting rotation, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told reporters the final spot is still up for grabs between Gee and Rafael Montero, according to NJ.com.

"I think it's still a competition between Montero and Gee," Warthen said. "They're both quality pitchers, I don't think we're going to hamstrung by either one of them."

Gee threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a split-squad game against the Astros. He has a 3.38 ERA through four spring outings (two starts). Montero allowed one run on two hits over 3 2/3 innings of work against Houston on Thursday. He has a 5.40 ERA through two outings (five innings) this spring.


Alderson: Rafael Montero very likely to be in Mets bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson  said Tuesday that pitcher Rafael Montero will very likely make the team as a reliever, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"From my standpoint, to the extent that we can keep him and avoid sending him back to Vegas, that would be a good thing," Alderson said about Montero. "He’s done very well over almost two seasons at Vegas. I’d hate to overcook a guy by sending him back again. But if it’s necessary, it is. Anyway, the numbers do suggest he has a better opportunity now than he did before."

It was reported Monday that the team had considered Montero a candidate to fill the rotation spot of the injured Zack Wheeler, but Dillon Gee is the favorite to join the rotation instead. Montero has pitched almost exclusively as a starter in his professional career, but he made two relief appearances as well as eight starts during his first major-league season in 2014. He allowed two earned runs in 1 1/3 innings in his only spring appearance to date.


Report: Dillon Gee likely candidate to replace Zack Wheeler in rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) With Zack Wheeler likely headed for Tommy John surgery, the Mets have considered Rafael Montero as a possible candidate for his rotation spot. However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Dillon Gee has shown signs of displeasure with his role in the bullpen, and appears the most likely candidate to replace Wheeler, though general manager Sandy Alderson refused to name one in a phone conference with media members on Monday.

Montero went 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA over 10 appearances (eight starts) in his first major-league season. Gee went 7-8, with a 4.00 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last year. He has gone 40-34 with a 3.91 ERA in his five MLB seasons, all with the Mets.