Apparently dissatisfied with Rafael Montero’s performance in the last turn of the starting rotation, the Mets opted to claim lefthander Tommy Milone off waivers from the Brewers on Sunday. “We’ll take a look at that right now and where he might fit in our starting rotation,” manager Terry Collins said.
Milone is 45-33 with a 4.21 ERA in 135 appearances (121 starts) with the Nationals, A’s, Twins and Brewers. His best seasons were 2012 and 2013, when he won 13 games and 12 games, respectively, for Oakland. He was 1-0 with a save and a 6.43 ERA in six appearances (three starts) for Milwaukee this season.
Montero was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas and inserted into the rotation on Friday — taking the spot vacated by Noah Syndergaard when he went on the disabled list — and gave up five runs, seven hits, three walks and a hit batsman in 3 2⁄3 innings. On Saturday, general manager Sandy Alderson said he would look for pitching help inside and outside the organization.
The Montero spot in the rotation next comes up on Wednesday, when the Mets will host the Giants, but they have other options. Matt Harvey could return from his three-day suspension to pitch Tuesday, with Zack Wheeler going Wednesday with an extra day of rest, or Harvey could pitch Wednesday. Collins said nothing has been decided.
Milone was removed from the Milwaukee rotation after his April 19 start and pitched twice in relief since, last on April 29. The Mets could have him throw in a minor-league game or use him in relief to get him sharp for a start.
Shut out for first time
The Mets went 29 games this season before getting shut out for the first time. The last time they went deeper into the season before being shut out was 2009, when it occurred in their 37th game.