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Mets to recall Rafael Montero to take Jacob deGrom's spot in rotation

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The 23-year-old made his major league debut earlier this season.

Mike Stobe

With Jacob deGrom set to miss his start on Tuesday night at Citi Field because of shoulder soreness, the Mets plan to call up Rafael Montero to take his spot in the rotation, according to ESPN New York. Montero made four starts with the Mets in May and had a 5.40 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 11 walks in 20.0 innings of work.

Since then, Montero has been back in Triple-A Las Vegas. He missed some there with an injury, but since coming back from it, he has been great. In four starts since July 20, Montero has a 2.28 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 8 walks in 23.2 innings. Opposing hitters—in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League—have hit just .179/.255/.259 against him over that span.

At 23 years old, Montero was considered one of the Mets' top pitching prospects entering the season, just behind Noah Syndergaard in the Amazin' Avenue top twenty-five.