Mets Triple-A RHP Rafael Montero is likely to debut in the big-league bullpen, not the starting rotation, a person with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, May 9).
According to Martino, the plan is to have Montero soon pitch out of the bullpen for Triple-A Las Vegas and then later do the same for the Mets. In mid-summer, he would again go to Triple-A to transition back to being a starting pitcher and possibly join the big-league rotation to end the season.
Vic Black and Jacob deGrom are also candidates to be promoted from Triple-A to help the big-league staff (ESPN, May 9).
“We’re a ways away from figuring that out and how we’re going to do it,” said Ricco about promoting Syndergaard, who is expected to make his big-league debut some time in mid- to late-June.