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Mets prospect Rafael Montero to make spot start for Triple-A Las Vegas

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The hard-throwing righty will fill in for Collin McHugh

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Despite conspiracy theory claims from one of the Mets beat writers, Rafael Montero's stay in Triple-A Las Vegas will be a short one.

After Collin McHugh's promotion to the Mets' roster earlier this week, the Las Vegas team needed a starter for Monday. For this turn in the rotation, that will go to Rafael Montero.

The 22-year-old right-hander has been a rising star in the Mets' system and has flourished at Double-A Binghamton this season, recording a 3.47 ERA in 46.2 innings while striking out 54 and only walking six.

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Montero will make one start in Las Vegas before heading back to Binghamton.

It's unclear who will replace McHugh after Montero gets sent back down.

There was some speculation that Montero's stay in Vegas would be longer after Andrew Brown was placed on the disabled list, but that did not turn out to be the case.