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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
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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

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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Montero was originally optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday's start against the Marlins, but that option was rescinded after he complained of shoulder tightness.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

Rafael Montero allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Tuesday.

Called up to make a spot start in hopes of giving rotation members an extra day of rest, Montero kept the Mets in the game until his exit. The right-hander struck out six while walking one and giving up five hits. He'll likely be sent back to Triple-A to continue starting games in the event the Mets need a spot starter in the future.
Apr 28 - 10:11 PM

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

Montero is being called up make a spot start Tuesday against the Marlins, which will enable the other Mets starters to all get an extra day of rest. Dillon Gee is coming off back-to-back solid starts, so it's unlikely that Montero will displace him in the starting rotation even with a strong performance.
Apr 28 - 10:05 AM

Rafael Montero will be recalled to start on April 28 in Miami.

Montero was optioned to Triple-A on Friday in order to get stretched out after beginning the season in the Mets' bullpen. The club plans to use six men for one turn through the rotation, so it could be just be a spot start for the young righty. However, if he pitches well it's possible he could bump Dillon Gee.
Apr 17 - 4:18 PM

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

The Mets decided to carry Montero as a reliever, but they'll now likely stretch him back out as a starter at Triple-A. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- while striking out seven across 4 1/3 relief innings.
Apr 17 - 3:03 PM

Rafael Montero kept the game close for the Mets on Wednesday, pitching two scoreless innings while down one run to the Nationals.

Montero is going to have to wait his turn before a rotation spot comes, but he could still contribute in NL-only leagues in the meantime. He's a strong candidate to pick up wins in middle relief.
Apr 8 - 11:06 PM

Rafael Montero blanked the Marlins for six innings, striking out six, in a win Monday.

No wonder the Mets are thinking about trading Dillon Gee. Montero probably won't be in the rotation if Gee sticks around, but he is the more interesting of the two in NL-only leagues. If Gee does get traded, Montero might even be a mixed-league sleeper.
Mar 30 - 4:17 PM

Rafael Montero allowed one run over four innings and struck out four against the Yankees on Wednesday.

The Mets are still treating Montero as a starter and there's talk about him joining the rotation, even though Terry Collins essentially named Dillon Gee the fifth starter after Zach Wheeler went down. It might be another one of those cases where the front office (Montero) and Collins (Gee) don't see eye to eye. Montero is expected to be on the roster, probably as a middle reliever.
Mar 25 - 5:22 PM

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