Mets prospect Rafael Montero has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Depending on how he pitches, it may not be more than a spot start situation. Montero has a 3.47 ERA through eight starts with Double-A Binghamton. The 22-year-old is viewed as more major league ready than higher ceiling prospects Domingo Tapia and Luis Mateo.
Bobby Parnell earned his sixth save of 2013 in the Mets' 4-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday.
Parnell struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning. The 28-year-old right-hander has an exceptional 0.93 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 18/3 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings this season to go along with his six saves. The Mets aren't going to win many games, but Parnell carries plenty of mixed league fantasy value.
Travis Wood allowed three earned runs over seven innings Sunday as the Cubs fell to the Brewers.
Wood was only decent, which was a disappointment considering how well he has pitched this season and how poor the Mets' lineup is. Wood gave up five hits and two walks, watching his ERA rise from 2.03 to 2.24 and his WHIP from 0.92 to 0.93. He'll try for better next time out against the Reds.
Matt Moore ran his record to 8-0 after tossing seven innings of one-run ball in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Orioles.
Moore notched just three strikeouts on the day, but he allowed only five hits and walked one. The left-hander has still had some control problems this season, but he's limited the damage by giving up just 34 hits over 55 innings. A few more balls are sure to start falling in at some point, but the young southpaw should remain a fantasy ace. He'll face the Yankees next weekend.
Fernando Rodney bounced back from last Thursday's disastrous outing with a 1-2-3 ninth on Sunday against the Orioles to notch his eighth save of the season.
Rodney didn't record a strikeout, but he got a flyout and a couple harmless groundouts in the outing. His control has waned at times this season, but Rodney has received a vote of confidence from manager Joe Maddon and will continue to see the save chances in Tampa.
Chris Tillman allowed three runs on just five hits and a walk over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Rays.
Tillman recorded four strikeouts. The right-hander put together his sixth straight quality start, but he was undone in this one by a pair of solo homers from Luke Scott and Matt Joyce. Tillman now sports a solid 3.52 ERA and 1.27 WHIP for the season and should remain in fantasy lineups for a matchup this weekend in Toronto.
Ryan Howard will have a precautionary MRI on his left knee Monday.
The full extent of the injury isn't yet known, but it could provide some context to Howard's early struggles. The Phillies will provide an update on his status following the results of the MRI. Howard is not expected to play in Monday's game against the Marlins.
Luke Scott belted a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Orioles.
Scott's solo blast in the fifth inning put the Rays ahead for good. The bearded designated hitter has spent a significant chunk of the season on the DL, but he's hit when healthy, batting .298 with three homers and 12 RBI.