May 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael Montero makes rehab start for St. Lucie


Rafael Montero, who has been on the minor league disabled list since the middle of June with a strained left oblique, tossed four scoreless innings for High-A St. Lucie during a rehab start on Monday.

Montero allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four.

It was his second rehab start since his injury, having made one last week for the Gulf Coast League Mets.

In his first taste in the big leagues earlier this season, Montero posted a 5.40 ERA in 20 innings pitched over four starts.

Thoughts:

When he eventually returns to the Triple-A Las Vegas rotation, Montero will have to work on limiting walks, something that has been one of his main strengths every season but 2014.

The conditions in Las Vegas are likely partially to blame for Montero’s issue with bases on balls, but walks were also a bit of a problem during his time with the Mets.

Once Montero gets his control in order, he should again be on the fast-track back to the big leagues.

 

 

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