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Mets demote T.J. Rivera to make room for Rafael Montero

Montero is making a spot start on Monday night so that Jacob deGrom can get extra rest.

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After Jacob deGrom was shelled for two outings in a row, the Mets decided it would be wise to give the ace right-hander some extra rest. Enter Rafael Montero, who has been lousy at Triple-A Las Vegas and in his cup of coffee in the majors this season. Thanks to a recent spurt of success with Double-A Binghamton, he’s been tapped to make a spot start on Monday night in a crucial divisional clash with Miami.

Heading down to the farm will once again be T.J. Rivera, the second baseman and Bronx native who has now been called up and sent down to Las Vegas three times since August 10. With zero walks and a .624 OPS in 39 plate appearances, there hasn’t been much for Rivera to do with the Mets since Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, and Asdrubal Cabrera all got healthy.

With Walker and Cabrera having recently tweaked their back and knee, respectively, Rivera’s demotion is a sign that the Mets don’t see the situations as being too serious. If one of the infielders was to land in the disabled list, though, Rivera could be recalled before the standard 10-day waiting period. As long as everyone on the big league roster stays healthy, he should be back up right after the Las Vegas campaign wraps up on September 5.

To make room for Rivera on the Las Vegas roster, the Mets sent right-handed pitcher Tyler Pill from Las Vegas to Binghamton.