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GEICO SportsNite: Mets vs Braves 00:02:38
The Mets take the Saturday afternoon Spring Training game against Atlanta. Terry Collins talks about the injury that Juan Lagares suffered.

Rafael Montero went five scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start, but Juan Lagares had to leave in the third with an oblique strain as the Mets defeated Atlanta 3-0 in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday.

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Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero
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Feb 24, 2017; Montero (50) throws a pitch at JetBlue Park. Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2017; Montero (50) throws a pitch at JetBlue Park. Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mets reliever Rafael Montero pitched two scoreless innings this past weekend against the Marlins, allowing a pair of hits, while striking out three batters and walking no one.

"He's locating his pitches, that he hasn't done in the past," manager Terry Collins said, speaking about the difference in Montero's game this spring. "He works the edges of the plate, and this year he's catching those edges. He's starting to show us things we know he's got."

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GEICO SportsNite: Matz's start 00:01:14
Steven Matz coasted through two innings against the Miami Marlins in his first taste of spring ball.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 8-2, on Monday in Jupiter.


  • LHP Steven Matz made his first appearance since August of 2016, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out one.
  • Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a home run -- his second of the spring.
  • Juan Lagares led off and played center field, and went 1-for-2 at the plate...
Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Post Game Extra: 2/27/17 00:01:39
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros.

The Mets lost to the Astros, 5-2, on Monday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.


  • Asdrubal Cabrera led off the game for the Mets with an opposite field home run to left field.
  • David Wright served as the designated hitter and went 1-for-2.
  • Jeurys Familia allowed three hits and one run in one inning of work in what was his first game action of Spring Training.
  • Wilmer Flores hit a solo homer in the seventh inning...
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores
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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.


  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • 3B David Wright will likely serve as a designated hitter initially during Grapefruit League games.
  • If RHP Jeurys Familia is suspended for his domestic violence incident, Collins is not worried about him keeping himself in shape during the time away from the team.
  • OF Jay Bruce will not take fly balls in center field during Spring Training.
  • The Mets have seen the potential of C Travis d'Arnaud, who is "extremely dangerous" when he's swigning well. "Everybody is allowed to have a bad year," Collins said about d'Arnaud's performance in 2016...
Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud
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I had no issue with the Mets giving another start to Rafael Montero, who had won his previous two outings, despite walking a combined 10 batters.

However, it was crystal clear by the end of the first inning that Montero was going to continue missing the strike zone. It was a miracle that he only gave up two runs. Yet, with essentially 12 middle relievers available in the bullpen, and with two runners on base and two outs in the top of the second, down one run, Collins let Montero hit - as if it was a random game in the middle of May.

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

Rafael Montero allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 8-1, on Monday night in Washington, D.C. >> Read more

The Mets remained tied in the loss column with the Cardinals, who lost to the Cubs on Monday night, for the second National League's second Wild Card spot.


Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores
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\New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)
\New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Terry Collins said RHP Rafael Montero has been removed from the rotation after struggling in Monday's 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.

"It's pretty frustrating, because he does have good stuff," Collins said. "You can see when he's actually throwing strikes, there's not a lot of good swings. But he gets himself in trouble because he gets behind in counts and ends up giving up good pitches to hit. Energy came out fast."

Montero, 25, gave up six runs, five hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings Monday. He has an 8.10 ERA in five appearances for the Mets this season.

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Post Game Extra: Mets fall, 8-1 00:02:45
The Mets managed just five hits against Mat Latos and the Nationals on Monday night en route to an 8-1 loss to their NL East rivals.

Rafael Montero was pounded for six runs in less than two innings as the Mets dropped the opener of their three-game set with the Nationals, 8-1, on Monday night at Nationals Park.

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The Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 7:05 p.m. ET, which you can watch on SNY or follow online here...


RHP Rafael Montero (4.63 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) starts for the Mets against Mat Latos (4.74 ERA, 1.45 WHIP).

Montero has allowed just three runs in 9 1/3 innings in his two starts since entering the rotation, but has issued 10 walks over that span. He has struck out seven batters while allowing five hits, including one home run. 

Latos was recently signed by the Nationals after being released by the White Sox. He has allowed three runs (two earned) in 2 1/3 innings (two appearances) out of the bullpen since being acquired. Monday will be his first start of the season for the Nats.

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The Mets begin their last series this season against a team over .500 when they face the Nationals in Washington, D.C. tonight. After these three games, the remaining 16 games will be against the Twins, Braves, Phillies and Marlins.

"I look at the scores every day and I see teams with losing records beating teams that have winning records," Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday. "It's part of the game, so you've got to go out and play."

Bobby Valentine used to say, 'It's not who you play, it's when you play them.' And, despite an easier schedule, the Mets still have to step on the field and win. I don't expect them to take anything for granted. I'd love a sweep, but the goal should simply be to win the series, don't lose any more players to injury and keep moving forward.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

During what was their final trip ever to Turner Field, the Mets won two of three games from the Braves over the weekend in Atlanta, including a 10-3 win on Sunday >> Read more

The Mets remain tied in the loss column for the second Wild Card in the National League, and two losses back of the Giants for the top spot...


Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 2-1. (Brad Mills)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 2-1. (Brad Mills)

Rafael Montero will remain in the rotation and start Monday against the Nationals in Washington D.C., Terry Collins told reporters before Saturday's game.

Montero took over for the injured Jacob deGrom in early September.

He has walked 10 batters in 9.1 innings during his two starts. However, he allowed just five hits and three runs, during which the Mets won both games.

In 19 big-league appearances, dating back to 2014, Montero, 25, is 1-4 with 11 starts and a 4.23 ERA in 66 innings, during which he has struck out 65 batters, walked 39 and given up 63 hits.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

The Mets play the second game of their series with the Reds on Tuesday in Cincinnati at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Mets Reds
Jose Reyes, 3B Jose Peraza, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Zack Cozart, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Joey Votto, 1B
Wilmer Flores, 1B Adam Duvall, LF
Jay Bruce, RF Brandon Phillips, 2B
Travis d'Arnaud, C Scott Schebler, RF
Curtis Granderson, CF Ivan De Jesus, 3B
Matt Reynolds, 2B Tucker Barnhart, C
Rafael Montero, RHP Brandon Finnegan, LHP

When and Where:  7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.


Who's pitching for the Mets: RHP Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.68 ERA) stepped up big last week, throwing five shutout innings and allowing only two hits in his first start of the season for the Mets. Montero did struggle with control, walking six batters while only striking out three. Montero is starting in place of Jacob deGrom, who is out with forearm soreness.

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The Mets took two of three from the Nationals at Citi Field, after which they traveled to Cincinnati where Bartolo Colon allowed one run in six innings Monday during a 5-0 win against the Reds at Great American Ballpark >> Read more

Also on Monday, the Cardinals beat the Pirates, and the Giants lost to the Rockies, moving the Mets to within two losses of both Wild Card spots in the National League...


Tags: Bartolo Colon, Eric Campbell, Erik Goeddel, Josh Edgin, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Montero
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have called up INF Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas and will have RHP Rafael Montero on the taxi squad for Monday's game against the Reds in Cincinnati.

On Tuesday, OF Brandon Nimmo, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Erik Goeddel, and infielders Eric Campbell and T.J. Rivera will be promoted from Las Vegas.

Additionally, the Mets will select the contract of INF Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. Cecchini's first appearance will be his Major League debut.

To make room on the roster on Tuesday, the Mets will transfer INF Neil Walker to the 60-day disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Eric Campbell, Erik Goeddel, Josh Edgin, Matt Reynolds, Neil Walker, Rafael Montero

 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The Mets took two of three games from the Nationals over the weekend, including a 5-1 win on Sunday night when Seth Lugo allowed one run over seven innings and Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce homered.

The Cardinals lost two of three games over the weekend, so the Mets moved within one game of the second Wild Card.


Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

The Mets expect to start RHP Rafael Montero in place of the injured Jacob deGrom on Tuesday against the Reds, Terry Collins told reporters on Saturday. 

DeGrom, who went for an MRI on Friday, was expected to miss at least his next start after tests revealed he had right forearm inflammation. 

According to Collins, Montero is scheduled to pitch for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, but will have his start cut short.

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Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets rookie RHP Seth Lugo settled down after the first inning Tuesday night in the Mets' 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

After allowing two runs in the top of the first inning, Lugo (2-2) threw five scoreless innings and retired the final eight batters he faced, keeping the Marlins off the board after the Mets scored three runs in the first inning.

"I got a fresh start to the game," said Lugo, who tossed 89 pitches. "I think it helps you, having a little bit of pressure. I've always found it hard to pitch with a 15-run lead, but it's a little easier when there's something on the line."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Seth Lugo allowed two runs in six innings and the Mets hit three home runs as they beat the Marlins, 7-4, on Tuesday night at Citi FIeld.

The Cardinals beat the Brewers, so the Mets remain three losses back of the second Wild Card.


Tags: Bartolo Colon, Logan Verrett, Neil Walker, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz
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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

Triple-A RHP Logan Verrett will rejoin the Mets, with Rafael Montero being sent back to Las Vegas, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Mets added Montero to the 25-man roster to start Monday in place of Jacob deGrom, who will return to the rotation Friday night against the Nationals at Citi Field.

Montero replaced infielder T.J. Rivera, who was sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas. Rivera was hitting .289. with a .282 OBP and .342 SLG in 13 games for the Mets before the demotion. He can return to the Mets on Sept. 1, when rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero walked six batters, but escaped trouble despite a high pitch count in five scoreless for a no-decision in Monday's 2-1 win over the Marlins.

Making his first start in the majors since April 28, 2015, Montero threw just 54 of his 100 pitches for strikes. He pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the first inning and a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning. Montero got Marcell Ozuna to ground into an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning.

"I walked six batters, but thank God I was able to get out of the jams," Montero said after the game.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is doused by Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores in front of reporter Steve Gelbs after hitting a walk off solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the 10th inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is doused by Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores in front of reporter Steve Gelbs after hitting a walk off solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the 10th inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yoenis Cespedes hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning after the Mets tied the game in the eighth inning to beat the Marlins, 2-1, Monday at Citi Field. New York remained 2 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot after the Cardinals beat the Brewers.


Jacob deGrom will re-enter the starting rotation on Friday, with Noah Syndergaard pushed back to Saturday >> Read more

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Post Game Extra: 08/29/16 00:04:59
Yoenis Cespedes launched his 27th home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Mets past the Marlins, 2-1, on Monday night.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th as the Mets rallied for a 2-1 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Citi Field.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 2-1. (Brad Mills)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 2-1. (Brad Mills)

The Mets open up a pivotal four-game series against the Miami Marlins on Monday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Marlins Mets
Dee Gordon, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Martin Prado, 3B Alejandro De Aza, CF
Christian Yelich, LF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Marcell Ozuna, CF Kelly Johnson, 3B
J.T. Realmuto, C Curtis Granderson, RF
Ichiro, RF Wilmer Flores, 2B
Xavier Scruggs, 1B James Loney, 1B
Adeiny I will Hechavarria, SS Travis d'Arnaud, C
Jose Fernandez, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP

When and Where: 7:10 p.m. from Citi Field on SNY.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Rafeal Montero (0-0, 11.57 ERA) will make his first start of the season on Monday. Montero opened the season in Triple-A, but was demoted after posting a 4.60 ERA in 16 starts. At Double-A Binghamton, Montero turned it around by posting a 1.70 ERA in eight starts spanning 47.2 innings.


Who's Pitching for the Marlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.91 ERA) was dominant in his last outing, pitching seven scoreless innings while allowing six hits and striking out nine against the Royals. The start snapped a rough stretch for Fernandez, who had posted a 6.00 ERA over his four starts prior to the game against Kansas City.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Rafael Montero

Rafael Montero (50) pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Rafael Montero (50) pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Rafael Montero will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton and start tonight against the Marlins in place of RHP Jacob deGrom.

Montero, 25, went 4-6 with a 7.20 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before being demoted to Binghamton, where he was 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA in eight starts.

"When he's had time off, he's bounced back and been dominant," Mets manager Terry Collins said of deGrom, when explaining the decision to skip him one time through the rotation.

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Gsellman K's Velasquez 00:00:15
Rookie Robert Gsellman strikes out his counterpart on the mound, Vince Velasquez, swinging to end the fifth inning.

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Mets RHP Robert Gsellman looked good the first six innings Sunday. Granted, he was facing a Phillies lineup, which has been pretty weak this season. But, given the circumstance - making his first big-league start in New York, at Citi Field, in front of a antsy crowd, in a pennant race - I though he did well. He kept the ball down and away a lot, which is what he was known for in the minor leagues.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jon Niese, Philadelphia Phillies, Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo
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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

The Mets and Nationals were off on Monday, while the Marlins defeated the Phillies.



LHP Steven Matz was examined by doctors and reportedly does not have ligament damage. The Mets are expected to make a more detailed annoncement before tonight's game >> Read more

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz
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 (Logan Bowles)
(Logan Bowles)

Triple-A Las Vegas RHP Rafael Montero has been named the Pitcher of the Week for the Pacific Coast League.

Montero, 25, tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts, allowing six hits and five walks while striking out 13 batters.

He has posted a 3.94 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 2/3 innings (six starts) for Las Vegas this season.

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Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)
Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)

Triple-A Las Vegas (win): Rafael Montero logged 5.2 scoreless innings, Josh Edgin and Chasen Bradford combined for a perfect ninth inning, and Matt Reynolds had an RBI double >> Read more

Double-A Binghamton Mets (loss): Tyler Pill had a career-high 12-strikeouts, he allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk in 7.1 innings >> Read more

High-A St. Lucie Mets (win): Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs scored and two RBI, Michael Katz was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Tomas Nido hit a game-tying three-run home run, Wuilmer Becerra extended his hitting streak to 13 games >> Read more

Low-A Columbia Fireflies (win): Dash Winningham and Milton Ramos drove in two runs, Chase Ingram (3-2) allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in five innings >> Read more

Tags: Josh Edgin, Rafael Montero

Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)
Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: Rafael Montero allowed seven runs, eight hits and three walks in four innings and Josh Edgin tossed a scoreless inning in relief inning, after which Erik Goeddel and Stolmy Pimentel combined to allow nine runs in the eighth inning >> Read more

Double-A: Binghamton Mets: Tyler Pill allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, while striking out four batters. The game was called after a 36-minute delay >> Read more

Class A: Columbia Fireflies: David Thompson was 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI, Dash Winningham went 4-for-5 with two RBI and LHP P.J. Conlon improved to 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA >> Read more

The Class-A St. Lucie Mets were rained out.

Tags: Josh Edgin, Rafael Montero

The Mets swept the Braves in their three-game series in Atlanta over the weekend >> Read more

Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday after re-aggravating his bruised right leg during Friday's game >> Read more

Jacob deGrom, who returned on Sunday, was pleased with his first outing since April 8 >> Read more

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Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)
Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: In his return to Triple-A, Rafael Montero allowed two runs on six hits and two walks and struck out four in four innings, but the 51s lost, 6-5, to Albuquerque >> Read more.

Double-A: Binghamton Mets: The Binghamton Mets recorded double-digit hits for the third time in their last four games and defeated the Erie SeaWolves, 6-2, snapping a six-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium >> Read more.

Class A Advanced: St. Lucie Mets: Casey Delgado baffled the Bradenton Marauders over 7.2 innings as the St. Lucie Mets won Sunday's series finale 5-1 at Tradition Field >> Read more.

Class A: Columbia Fireflies: On a picture perfect day for baseball at Fluor Field, the Greenville Drive did everything right on Sunday and defeated the Columbia Fireflies 5-1 to snap a four-game losing skid >> Read more.

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Jacob deGrom could return to the Mets this coming weekend in Atlanta. (Steve Mitchell)
Jacob deGrom could return to the Mets this coming weekend in Atlanta. (Steve Mitchell)

Rafael Montero has been optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Jacob deGrom, the team said.

DeGrom will pitch Sunday after dealing with a sore lat muscle, the birth of his first child and dealing with complications after his birth.

Montero allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings with the big league team.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero

 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run while striking out 12 in seven innings but the Mets lost to the Marlins, 2-1 >> Read more

After Tuesday's loss, RHP Rafael Montero was activated and IF/OF Eric Campbell was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas >> Read more

RHP Zack Wheeler had a minor procedure on his forearm but is expected to resume throwing in a few days >> Read more

Tags: Eric Campbell, Logan Verrett, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero
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Post Game Extra: 04/12/16 00:04:01
Noah Syndergaard struck out 12 batters in another dominating performance but the Marlins still managed to defeat the Mets, 2-1.

The Mets lost for the fourth straight time, as the offense couldn't support Noah Syndergaard in a 2-1 loss to the Marlins at Citi Field >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

  • Martin Prado's sacrifice fly off Jim Henderson in the eighth snapped a 1-1 tie.
  • Noah Syndergaard was dominant for the second straight start, striking out 12 in seven innings. He began the game by whiffing six of the first eight batters before allowing a run in the fourth inning.
  • Through two starts, Thor has surrendered just one run in 13 innings, fanning 21 and walking only two. 
  • The Mets wasted an early opportunity against Marlins starter Jared Fernandez, leaving the bases loaded in the second inning when David Wright flew out weakly to right field. 
  • Curtis Granderson snapped an 0-for-20 skid with a double leading off the first inning.
  • Lucas Duda drove in New York's lone run with a single in the first. He was thrown out attempting to take second base.
  • The Mets had a chance to take re-take the lead in the sixth inning, but Michael Conforto grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners.

Tim Reilly: .Noah Syndergaard kept the Marlins' lineup off balance all evening, mixing up his high-90s fastball with his low-90s slider, which appears to have become his go-to put-away pitch. The talent in his right arm is off the charts, surpassing his counterpart Jose Fernandez in the eye test tonight, in my opinion. Syndergaard caught a couple of tough breaks in the fourth inning, including an overturned call on an otherwise nice play by Neil Walker that eventually led to the only run he would surrender. That was the lone blemish on his stat line that included 12 strikeouts. ... Unfortunately, Jim Henderson proved he's not invincible, allowing the game-winning run. ... I know we expect the Mets to win these 2-1 games, especially with their pitching, but it would be nice if the offense would alleviate some of that pressure off their shoulders >> To follow Tim on Twitter, click here.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Logan Verrett, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero
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Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)
Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)

Rafael Montero was a highly-touted Mets pitching prospect during the spring of 2014.

However, last year, Montero missed the majority of the season due to what the team said was a shoulder issue.

Montero will start tonight at 10 pm ET for Triple-A Las Vegas, who begin their 2016 season against Fresno at Cashman Field.

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Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)
Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)

The New York Mets have trimmed their Spring Training roster for the first time on Friday, headlined by RHP Rafael Montero.

Montero, RHP Akeel Morris and RHP Dario Alvarez have all been optioned to minor league camp. While RHP Chasen Bradford, OF Gilbert Gomez and RHP Paul Sewald have all been reassigned within minor league camp.

The Mets now have 52 players in Major League camp. 

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 (Logan Bowles)
(Logan Bowles)

The Mets play their 2016 Grapefruit League home opener against the Marlins in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. ET.

The game will air on SNY.

RHP Logan Verrett starts for the Mets, with Buddy Carlyle and Zack Thornton also scheduled to pitch.

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. (Logan Bowles)
New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. (Logan Bowles)

Facing his former team for the first time, Daniel Murphy walked and scored on Anthony Rendon's two-run single in a four-run first inning against Rafael Montero in the Washington Nationals' 9-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.

Washington ace Max Scherzer, who no-hit the Mets in his final start last season, allowed one hit and struck out one over two innings. Scherzer also pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh last year.

After homering in a record six straight postseason games and helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000, Murphy left as a free agent and signed a $37.5 million, three-year contract with the Nationals.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets announced their pitching probables for their first two spring training games and Tuesday's intrasquad game.

Rafael Montero, Gabriel Ynoa and Jeff Walters will pitch in New York's Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals on Thursday. On Friday, Logan Verrett, Buddy Carlyle and Zack Thornton will pitch against the Marlins.

Sean Gilmartin and Robert Gsellman will start in Tuesday's intrasquad game.

Verrett, Thornton, Akeel Morris, Josh Smoker, Paul Sewald, Chase Bradford, Duane Below and Seth Lugo will also pitch on Tuesday.

Tags: Akeel Morris, Buddy Carlyle, Gabriel Ynoa, Logan Verrett, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin

New York Mets manager Terry Collins laughs as New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes arrives at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins laughs as New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes arrives at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Saturday. Here's what we learned:

  • Rafael Montero will start New York's first spring training game.
  • The Mets will likely have an intrasquad spring training game on Tuesday.
  • After Zack Wheeler threw off the slope of the mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Collins said he doesn't want to rush Wheeler's rehab, saying he will be ready when the time is right.
  • He is excited to have Hall of Fame inductee Mike Piazza join camp as an instructor on Sunday and added that Travis d'Arnaud had a good time working with him.
  • Yoenis Cespedes took batting practice with his shoulder and ankle wrapped in tape, but Collins said it was to fit him for custom shoulder and shin guards.
Tags: Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler

Monday's stories of the day...

1) SS Asdrubal Cabrera reported to camp Monday after signing a two-year, $18.5 million deal with the Mets in December. To read more about his arrival, check out the NY PostNewsday, Daily News, Bergen Record and MLB.com.

2) Jacob deGrom tweaked a muscle in his thigh when running Monday. He is expected to resume throwing off a mound as later this week. To read reports on deGrom, check out the NY Post, Daily News, Bergen RecordNewsdayNJ.com and MLB.com.

Profiles du jour...

1) ESPN New York's Adam Rubin talks with Triple-A infielder Matt Reynolds, who is more than willing to add outfielder to his resume.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero
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(Andrew Vazzano/SNY.tv)

Mets manager Terry Collins said that there are two open bullpen spots, as it stands today. 

He also said Jim Henderson will get a good look during spring training. Collins hasn't seen him throw yet, but is intrigued by his experience.

Bartolo Colon wanted to come back and brings a lot to the table, from his durability and ability to pitch out of the bullpen once Zack Wheeler returns, Collins said. Collins also said Colon could be a late-inning pitcher.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Logan Verrett, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Andrew Vazzano
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 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

The Mets acquired 2B Neil Walker from the Pirates in exchange for LHP Jon Niese >> Read more

The Mets agreed to a two-year deal with IF Asdrubal Cabrera, which includes a third-year team option >> Read more

RHP Bartolo Colon will likely re-sign with the Mets >> Read more

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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March 7, 2015 (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
March 7, 2015 (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero is scheduled to make his winter ball debut with Escogido next Tuesday, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York (Dec. 9).

Montero missed the majority of this past season to to shoulder issues.

In 10 innings for the Mets (one start, four relief appearances), he had a 4.50 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Matthew Cerrone
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Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joakim Soria throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joakim Soria throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Mets are among 12 teams this winter in the market for relief pitching, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick tweeted this past weekend (Nov. 30, 2015).

According to Crasnick, the market for relievers is being held up by teams first exploring trades for closers Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, and waiting to see where free-agent Darren O'Day inks a new deal.

Tags: Erik Goeddel, Jeurys Familia, Logan Verrett, Rafael Montero, Matthew Cerrone
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