Rafael Montero shut down after setback on rehab assignment

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The Mets were hoping that right-hander Rafael Montero would be healthy enough to contribute down the stretch as they attempt to secure the National League East crown, but it’s increasingly clear that it won’t happen.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Montero has been shut down after suffering a setback Sunday during his latest minor league rehab start with High-A St. Lucie. The thought is that he could be done for the year.

The 24-year-old Montero has been sidelined since the end of April with what was termed as right rotator cuff inflammation. Progress has been slow and his status has been a bit of a mystery. Mets manager Terry Collins went to see Montero two weeks ago, apparently in an effort to motivate, but it’s looking like this will be a lost year for him.

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.