Mets injury updates: Herrera, Montero, and Mejia
Apr 28, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Rafael Montero (right rotator cuff inflammation)
Montero, who has been on the disabled list since late-April due to rotator cuff inflammation, has resumed throwing from a mound.
Montero has been stop-and-go over the last few weeks, with recurring discomfort in the shoulder leading him to shut down his throwing program along the way. Now, he appears to be on the right track.
As is the case with Herrera, it’s unclear where Montero will wind up once he’s activated from the disabled list.
Montero made four relief appearances with the Mets between April 8 and April 16, never throwing a clean inning. He was then sent to Triple-A Las Vegas to stretch out his arm, and returned for a spot-start on April 28 (allowing three runs in 5.2 innings) before being shut down due to the injury.
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Before Montero got hurt, there was talk that he might replace Dillon Gee in the rotation. However, with the Mets now rolling with a six-man rotation that includes Gee, the only spot for Montero at the moment would be the bullpen — where he struggled earlier this season.
With both Vic Black and Bobby Parnell nearing a return to boost the bullpen, the most prudent move for the Mets would be to return Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he can work as a starting pitcher and serve as depth.
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