A starter in the minors, deGrom will go into the big-league bullpen. The Mets held him out of his scheduled start Monday night for Las Vegas and put him on “standby” for a call-up.
Harvey did something that the two previous Mets All-Star Game starting pitchers, Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden, were not able to do; win their first outing after starting a mid-summer classic.
John Ricco said before Monday night’s game in San Francisco that Jonathon Niese has been cleared to start throwing again. Shaun Marcum, however, had his right hand examined by a specialist in St. Louis and will miss his next scheduled start Saturday.
Montero is not the only young arm drawing raves. Cory Mazzoni, the Mets’ second-round pick in 2011 out of North Carolina State, has started camp with five scoreless innings while allowing just one hit, no walks and three strikeouts.