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Rafael Montero | Relief Pitcher | #50

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 186
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / UDFA / NYM
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Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Montero had been with the club as an extra arm while Jacob deGrom was tending to an emergency family matter. He appeared in two games during his time with the big league club, allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. He'll get another opportunity with the Mets before long. Apr 23 - 12:13 AM

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Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero has been on the taxi squad as the Mets have tried to sort out their roster and pitching staff in the absence of Jacob deGrom (lat tightness, wife having baby). The former top-100 prospect will pitch in long relief.
Apr 12 - 11:10 PM

The Mets will not activate Rafael Montero for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

The Mets' bullpen got worked hard in Monday's blowout, but they are taking the chance that Noah Syndergaard will have better luck Tuesday. Montero is on the taxi squad, so there's a chance he could start Wednesday if Logan Verrett is needed in relief Tuesday.
Apr 12 - 3:14 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that the Mets are likely to call up right-hander Rafael Montero after their bullpen was taxed during Monday's blowout loss.

The speculation was that Sean Gilmartin would get the call, but it appears that Montero will get the nod instead. It's unclear what the corresponding roster move will be, but it could involve Jacob deGrom, who is away for the team for the birth of his child and was already being skipped this week due to lat soreness.
Apr 12 - 12:57 PM

Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero almost surely wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster after his injury-shortened 2015 season, but he sealed his fate by getting tagged for five runs over two Grapefruit League innings. He'll be in Las Vegas' rotation.
Mar 11 - 8:23 AM

Rafael Montero struggled through a 39-pitch first inning Thursday against the Nationals, giving up four runs in a loss.

It seems rather crazy that the Mets let Montero throw a 39-pitch inning in his debut after he missed most of 2015 with shoulder problems, but maybe the idea is to toughen him up a bit. He's likely to open this season in Triple-A, assuming that he makes it through the spring healthy.
Mar 3 - 4:30 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins announced Saturday that Rafael Montero will start the team's Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals on Thursday.

The 25-year-old comes into camp fully healthy after being limited to just 28 2/3 innings in 2015 due to nagging shoulder discomfort. He'll provide valuable rotation depth for the Mets in 2016.
Feb 27 - 12:43 PM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) said Monday that he feels "very, very healthy."

Montero was limited to just 28 2/3 innings between the majors and minors last season due to nagging shoulder discomfort, but the injury didn't require surgery and he was able to make 10 appearances in winter ball. The 25-year-old isn't far removed from being a well-regarded prospect and will function as rotation depth if healthy.
Feb 23 - 9:03 AM

Mets activated RHP Rafael Montero from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Montero's 2015 was plagued by shoulder issues but should enter spring training without limitations.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:31:00 AM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) suffered a setback during his latest rehab start.

Mike Puma of the New York Post says that Montero is "back to square one" now and "may be finished for the year." It's been a lost season for the young right-hander, as he's been limited to just 28 2/3 innings between the majors and minors due to shoulder issues.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) allowed a run on two hits over three innings in a minor league rehab start with High-A St. Lucie on Sunday.

The right-hander struck out one and issued a pair of walks in the ballgame. Montero has been sidelined since April 29 due to tendinitis in his shoulder and while he is making progress in his recovery, there remains no clear timetable for his return.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 08:20:00 PM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) is pitching in a Gulf Coast League game on Thursday.

Montero reported more stiffness in his right shoulder after a late-July throwing session, but he's already back to making rehab appearances. Mets manager Terry Collins told the media on Wednesday that he was planning to visit Montero in Florida before the big league club's weekend series at Tampa Bay. Whatever the skipper said seems to have provided some motivation.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) had some stiffness after his latest throwing session and is expected to see a doctor.

It's not clear if this is routine discomfort or a more serious setback. Montero was recently shifted from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list, though that doesn't necessarily affect his timetable.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Mets transferred RHP Rafael Montero from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's just a procedural move to get Michael Conforto on the 40-man roster, as Montero has already missed 60 days with a shoulder injury. He recently began a rehab assignment.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 03:28:00 PM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) threw an inning Tuesday for the GCL Mets.

We haven't heard much about Montero since he went down with right rotator cuff inflammation in late April, but he's finally back in game action. He figures to serve as rotation depth in Triple-A once he's back to full health, but he should surface with the Mets again before the end of the year.
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 10:25:00 AM

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PosRoleName
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2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1David Wright
2Wilmer Flores
LF1Brandon Nimmo
2Alejandro De Aza
3Kelly Johnson
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
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PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Steven Matz
4Bartolo Colon
5Logan Verrett
6Zack Wheeler
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PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Antonio Bastardo
7Erik Goeddel
8Seth Lugo
9Jenrry Mejia