ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin broke news this afternoon that the Mets are recalling Rafael Montero from AAA Las Vegas today to help out the Mets overworked bullpen. I among many, expected the Mets to recall Sean Gilmartin, but Gilmartin has not pitched in 11 days since the Mets last Spring Training game against the Cubs. Gilmartin is scheduled to start tonight for AAA Las Vegas.
A corresponding move has not been announced but certainly surrounds Jacob deGrom. The Mets have the option to place deGrom on paternity leave or place him on the 15-day DL. If he is placed on paternity leave and is still unhealthy to pitch, deGrom will not be credited for missing tommrrow’s start. DeGrom will have to wait a full 15 days before he can pitch again, unless he is placed on the DL today then his stint will be backdated and can return on April 24th. Rubin had also speculated that there is an outside chance Hansel Robles gets demoted to AAA after throwing 52 pitches last night, as he certainly will be unavailable for a few games.
Montero will provide depth for the Mets in the bullpen as long-reliever Logan Verrett is scheduled to start against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon in place of deGrom. Montero was Las Vegas’s Opening Day starter last Thursday, and the 25-year old threw five innings of one run ball, allowing three hits, walking two, and striking out five.
UPDATE (3:52 pm ct): Mets beat reporter Anthony DiComo is reporting that Montero will not be active tonight and is simply on the taxi squad. The Mets are taking a gamble, but they possibly could use Logan Verrett in relief tonight if Syndergaard has a short outing, and use Montero to start tomorrow afternoon’s game.