ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that Rafael Montero will be making a spot start for the Mets on Wednesday at home against the Rockies. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas yesterday. Rubin adds that Montero is starting just to give the other starters an extra day of rest, and that it won’t be a recurring role.
Montero, 23, has made six starts and one relief appearance for the Mets at the major league level this season, but struggled. He owns a 5.23 ERA with a 28/16 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. He has spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he has a 3.60 ERA with an 80/34 K/BB ratio in 80 innings. He was rated a top-100 overall prospect according to both Baseball America and MLB.com entering the season.
There had been some speculation that Noah Syndergaard could start for the Mets, but Rubin clarified that the 22-year-old pitching prospect won’t be called up.