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Rafael Montero | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 186
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Aug 17 - 5:10 PM

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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.
Aug 16 - 8:20 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.
Aug 6 - 10:30 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.
Jul 30 - 10:27 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.
Jul 24 - 3:28 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.
Jul 14 - 10:25 AM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) is expected to throw off a mound soon.

He's been throwing on flat ground for a while now and is almost ready to climb atop the bump. Montero has been on the shelf since late April with right rotator cuff inflammation.
Jul 7 - 8:59 PM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

He had been slated for mound work late last month but apparently had a setback with his right rotator cuff inflammation. There's no timetable for Montero's return.
Jun 23 - 10:00 PM

Rafael Montero (shoulder) played catch Tuesday and plans to get back on a mound Wednesday.

Montero has been bothered by discomfort in his right rotator cuff since mid-April, but tests have ruled out anything serious and he's now beginning to make some progress after a significant shutdown period. The young right-hander could become an option for the Mets at some point in late June or early July.
May 26 - 4:07 PM

Rafael Montero has not made significant progress in his recovery from right rotator cuff inflammation.

"The last time I talked to the people in Florida about Rafi, he hadn’t even started playing catch. That was a week ago," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I haven’t heard his name brought up any time I have called down there, so I am assuming he is not doing anything more, if he is doing anything, than playing catch." Obviously, it doesn't sound like Montero will be an option for the Mets anytime soon. He's been sidelined since late April.
May 24 - 9:36 AM

Rafael Montero is still feeling soreness in his right shoulder.

Montero has already been on the disabled list for nearly two weeks and doesn't appear to have made much, if any, progress. The Mets will proceed cautiously with the young right-hander.
May 11 - 6:23 PM

Mets placed RHP Rafael Montero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 29, due to right rotator cuff inflammation.

Montero was originally optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday's start against the Marlins, but that option was rescinded after he complained of shoulder tightness. The issue isn't believed to be serious, but it's unclear when he'll resume throwing.
Apr 30 - 5:12 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that Rafael Montero's shoulder issue is not considered serious.

Montero was sent to New York to be examined after feeling shoulder tightness following Tuesday's start against the Marlins, but tests apparently showed good news. He was optioned to the minors after the start, but the Mets will have that rescinded and put him on the disabled list.
Apr 30 - 4:10 PM

Rafael Montero has been sent to New York to have his right shoulder examined.

Montero is feeling tightness in the back of his shoulder after Tuesday's spot start versus the Marlins. He's already been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, although the Mets could have to rescind the option and put Montero on the major league disabled list depending on how the exam goes.
Apr 29 - 3:58 PM

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

Montero allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Tuesday in a spot start. He could get another shot at some point, although there are no weak links in the Mets' rotation at the moment.
Apr 28 - 10:26 PM

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