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Rafael Montero leaves start after five pitches with apparent injury

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Rafael Montero lasted just five pitches in his start today before being removed with an apparent injury.

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The Mets' injury woes continued today, with the recently demoted Rafael Montero being pulled from his start tonight with Triple-A Las Vegas with an apparent injury after throwing just five pitches.

While the extent or type of the injury is unclear, a source watching the game didn't see any visible signs of distress from Montero before being removed. However after a visit to the mound from Las Vegas trainer Joe Golia, Montero's day was done, suggesting some issue with his delivery that warranted caution.

It is nice to see the organization tread carefully in light of the numerous injuries which have already befallen Mets pitchers this year. Based on the initial reports, there were no outward signs that the injury was significant, so Mets fans can hope the setback is a minor one as Montero looks to work on his control in hopes of rejoining the major league squad later in the year.