Mets place Rafael Montero on disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation

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The Mets optioned right-hander Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas after he gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Marlins in a spot start on Tuesday, but that option was rescinded today when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that they “don’t expect this to be serious.” Montero was given anti-inflammatories and will rest for a bit before resuming a throwing program.

The Mets plan to use a sixth starter at certain points this season and the hope is that Montero will be a candidate the next time they need one, likely in June. The other possibilities include top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.