12:01 PM: While speaking with reporters prior to Monday’s game in Philadelphia, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Tuesday’s starter hasn’t yet been determined. According to Collins, who starts on Tuesday is contingent on the diagnosis Jacob deGrom receives.
DeGrom was scheduled to be examined by team doctors on Monday morning.
If deGrom is expected to miss just one start, Collins says the Mets might keep things in-house, turning to Buddy Carlyle for a spot-start.
Montero, 23, had an uneven first taste of the majors in May, posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 20 innings pitched over the course of four starts before being demoted.
Shortly after being demoted, Montero was placed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique and missed roughly a month of action.
Since being activated from the disabled list, Montero has been stellar for Las Vegas, giving up just six runs in 23.2 innings pitched spanning four starts.
During his most recent start – on August 5 – Montero turned in one of the best pitching performances of the year in the PCL, tossing eight innings of one-hit, shutout ball while walking two and striking out 11.
Prior to the apparent decision to call up Montero, the Mets had thrown around the idea of giving the start to Carlos Torres, but that idea has apparently been scrapped.
Another possibility was top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, but it appears the Mets don’t believe he’s ready.
Calling up Montero to fill in for deGrom isn’t the move that will get the fans’ juices flowing, but it’s very likely the smart move.
Montero is a very good prospect in his own right, and it will benefit the Mets to see if his stuff can translate to the majors during his second go-around.
As far as Syndergaard is concerned, it’s hard to imagine the Mets leaving him in Las Vegas all season.
Still, Syndergaard himself stated in recent days that he doesn’t think he’s ready for the majors just yet.