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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) 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

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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.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Wilmer Flores
SS1Ruben Tejada
3B1Juan Uribe
2Daniel Murphy
3Kelly Johnson
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Yoenis Cespedes
3Michael Conforto
4Cesar Puello
CF1Juan Lagares
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Jon Niese
4Bartolo Colon
5Noah Syndergaard
6Steven Matz
7Rafael Montero
8Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Tyler Clippard
3Jenrry Mejia
4Bobby Parnell
5Carlos Torres
6Jerry Blevins
7Alex Torres
8Sean Gilmartin
9Hansel Robles
10Buddy Carlyle
11Erik Goeddel
12Josh Edgin