Rafael Montero suffers setback, could miss remainder of the season
Rafael Montero pitched three innings for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets against the Bradenton Marauders at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Sunday, and allowed a run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout, throwing a total of 25 of his 46 pitches for strikes in his start.
However, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Montero suffered a setback in that rehab start and is, “back to square one.”
As such, it’s possible Montero will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
If that’s the case, the Mets will be without what they were hoping would be a versatile option either in the bullpen or in their starting rotation down the stretch of the season.
On August 6, Terry Collins visited Montero at the team’s minor league complex in Port St. Lucie with what he described as a motivational message for the right-hander who has spent the bulk of his season rehabbing from a strained right rotator cuff.
The day Collins delivered his message, Montero restarted his rehab assignment with the GCL Mets, pitching two innings of scoreless ball.
He has made two starts on regular rest since that first outing, and it seemed like he was tracking towards returning sometime in the next couple of weeks.
But if Montero has been shut down once again, there just isn’t enough time left for him to get back to the club without going through the entire process again after his discomfort subsides, if it subsides at all.
It’s a shame because the Mets certainly need another arm in the bullpen, and could have used him potentially as a spot starter while they wait for Steven Matz to return.
Montero has been on the disabled list since April 29.