LHP Tommy Milone has a sprained left knee and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to May 22), the team announced Wednesday.
LHP Josh Smoker will likely make his first Major League start in Milone's place on Saturday, although RHP Rafael Montero is also a possibility, reports Newsday's Marc Carig.
Smoker returned to the Mets on Tuesday when the Mets optioned RHP Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas. He allowed a home run to the first batter he faced and struck out two in an inning of relief against the Padres.
Even before news of his injury, the Mets had been discussing replacing Milone in the rotation, Mike Puma of the NY Post reported earlier this week.
RHP Tyler Pill, who is profiled in today's farm report by Adam Rubin, was one of the pitchers the Mets were considering replacing Milone with.
Pill, 26, has a 1.96 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 23 strikeouts and 14 walks in 46 innings (seven starts) this season for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that Milone would likely get another start despite him giving up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings during Sunday's 12-5 loss to the Angels at Citi Field...
In a corresponding move for the Milone injury, the Mets have activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud.