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Rafael Montero sent down to get a body, not as demotion

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero, right, wipes his

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero, right, wipes his face after giving up a three-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies' Domonic Brown during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Credit: AP / Matt Slocum

PHILADELPHIA - The Mets made a flurry of moves Saturday, part of the overall fallout for playing back-to-back 14-inning games. Before Saturday's 5-4 win over the Phillies, the Mets announced that Rafael Montero had been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas for a fresh arm, righthander Buddy Carlyle, which moved Daisuke Matsuzaka into the starting rotation.

Carlyle, a former Yankee, pitched three innings and was credited with the win in his season debut in the major leagues.

After Saturday's 5-hour, 32-minute game, which again abused the Mets' bullpen, the Mets promoted lefty Dana Eveland from Triple-A Las Vegas, where he was 4-1 with a 3.91 ERA. A corresponding move will be announced Sunday.

Montero, 23, lasted only 32/3 innings in his fourth major- league start Friday, making him a candidate for a demotion. Assistant general manager John Ricco said the move was "made out of necessity" as opposed to performance, though Montero is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts.

Matsuzaka has worked all but one game out of the bullpen since losing the competition for the role of fifth starter in spring training. He tossed a scoreless inning of relief Saturday, lowering his ERA to 2.45.

Collins, umps argue

Just how confident were the Mets that a video review would overturn a blown call in the fifth? They jogged off the field before the umpires completed the review.

"They scolded me," said manager Terry Collins, who had an exchange with the umpires between innings. "I took it like a man, like I always do."

Umpires initially ruled Domonic Brown safe on a steal of second with two outs. After Collins requested a review, the video board at Citizens Bank Park showed a replay.

It wasn't particularly close, prompting Mets players to jog in. The entire team already had reached the dugout by the time umpires made it official.

Collins and the umpires had another exchange at the end of the game, this time regarding reliever Jeurys Familia, who pitched the ninth and 10th innings. The umpires raised concerns that a movement in Familia's delivery could be considered a balk, though nothing was called.

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