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Mets option Rafael Montero, call up Jack Leathersich

Montero looked very good in his spot start, and Leathersich joins the big league roster for the first time.

Chris McShane

The Mets have optioned Rafael Montero back to Triple-A Las Vegas following his spot start and will call up left-handed relief pitcher Jack Leathersich to take his spot on the roster. Montero was impressive in his start against the Marlins on Tuesday evening, though poor defense did him no favors in his final inning of work. But he struck out six and walked one in five-and-two-thirds innings and probably deserved a better final pitching line.

Drafted by the Mets in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, Leathersich will join the major league roster for the first time in his career. In his time in the minors, he has struck out opposing hitters at very high rates—despite not throwing quite as hard as many people think he does—but has struggled with walks. In the early going this year in Vegas, he has been very effective, maintaining the strikeouts but limiting the walks. It's an incredibly small sample, but it's at least an encouraging start to the year. That gives the Mets an eight-man bullpen again, at least until David Wright returns from his hamstring injury.

Our own Jeff Paternostro has seen Leathersich pitch a bunch. He wrote him up after seeing him in 2013.