Mets Notes: Montero Optioned, DeGrom Returns To The Hill, A Six-Man Rotation

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The Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas following last night’s game to make room for Jacob deGrom who will be activated in time for his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight.

DeGrom says he is pain-free and is looking forward to pitching through the end of the season. He was 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA when he was shut down with discomfort in his right shoulder.

“I’ve never played this long,” deGrom said. “So playing all the way into September is very important.”

The rookie right-hander will be allowed to throw roughly 40 more innings or 6-7 starts over the season’s final six weeks to reach a soft 185 innings cap. He will likely be limited to 100 pitches tonight.

DeGrom has emerged as a mainstay in the rotation, surpassing both Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard who were both expected to be fixtures in the rotation and ahead of deGrom last Spring.

“He’s been a huge part of our starting staff. This guy’s gotta be a candidate for rookie of the year with the job he’s done, with the numbers he’s put up,” manager Terry Collins told reporters.

There’s also a good chance that the Mets go to a six-man rotation once rosters expand. It should help keep Zack Wheeler and deGrom pitching straight through the end.

“If we do bring another starter up and we do go to a sixth man, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Collins said. “As long as we don’t have to skip him, as long as we don’t have to not pitch him, even if it’s every sixth day instead of every fifth day, he’ll still get through that last month and that will help him.”

I’m totally looking forward to tonight’s game and seeing deGrom on the mound again. He’s been one of the bright spots for me this season.

Okay it’s 11 AM and I’ve churned out 3,000 words already this morning, and I still haven’t had any coffee. Later…

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