VIDEO: Matt den Dekker robs Ryan Howard of a home run


The Mets placed skilled defender Juan Lagares on the disabled list today with a right intercostal strain, but it looks like they are going to be OK in center field while he’s on the shelf. Check out this leaping catch from his replacement, Matt den Dekker, which took a home run away from Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard:

The 26-year-old threw out a runner at home plate in the third inning and singled (his first hit of the season) and scored in the sixth, so he’s having himself a pretty nice night.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.