Mets demote Rafael Montero to Triple-A

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Rafael Montero competed for a spot in the Mets’ rotation during spring training, began the season in their bullpen, and is now heading back to Triple-A.

Montero appeared in four games as a reliever, striking out seven of the 22 batters he faced, but the Mets wanted some added infield depth with David Wright injured and called up Danny Muno.

It’s also possible they may want to stretch out Montero to return to the big leagues as a starter. He pitched well in eight starts as a 23-year-old rookie last season and was a starter throughout his minor-league career while ranking as a top-100 prospect.

Muno can play anywhere in the infield and the 26-year-old switch-hitter has batted .257 with 14 homers, 11 steals, and a .777 OPS in 124 games at Triple-A.