Following their victory over the Braves on Friday night, the Mets optioned right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear a spot on the active roster for Jacob deGrom. Montero appeared in just two games in his time with the Mets, as he spent a little over a week on the roster while deGrom was away for the birth of his newborn son.
deGrom wound up being placed on the emergency family leave list when there were complications with his son, but the deGroms were able to bring him home on Monday. On top of that, deGrom had been dealing with a lat problem that forced him out of the Mets' home opener early on April 8. That injury is said to be resolved, and he will start for the Mets in the series finale in Atlanta on Sunday.
In his lone start of the year, deGrom gave up one run in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks. His velocity was down, as it was in spring training, but here's hoping that was merely the result of his lat injury. While he was out, Logan Verrett filled in admirably the Mets' rotation with a pair of very good starts.