Mets will bring back Rafael Montero as a starting pitcher near the end of April


Rafael Montero lost out to Dillon Gee in spring training for the fifth spot in the Mets’ starting rotation. As a result, he started off in the bullpen. The 2015 season has treated neither pitcher well, as Gee has allowed nine runs in 10 2/3 innings over two starts while Montero allowed three runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings over four relief appearances prior to a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero will be brought back soon, however, and it will be to start, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. The goal is to stretch him out at Triple-A, then bring him back for a spot start on April 28 against the Marlins. That will allow Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom to get an extra day of rest. Gee, if he continues to pitch poorly, could be in danger of losing his rotation spot as well if Montero excels in his spot start.

Angels claim pitcher Jacob Rhame off waivers from Mets

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The Angels announced on Wednesday that the club claimed reliever Jacob Rhame off waivers from the Mets.

Rhame, 27, was limited to 6 1/3 innings in the majors and 20 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to an elbow issue. He underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in mid-August.

Though Rhame has a career 6.23 ERA in the big leagues, he showed promise at Triple-A from 2016-18, averaging better than 10 strikeouts per nine innings in all three years. The Angels are taking a flier on the right-hander to see if he can translate that success to the majors.