Montero to kick off Grapefruit schedule

February, 23, 2014
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Adam RubinRafael Montero is scheduled to start Friday's Grapefruit League opener.


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Rafael Montero will throw the first pitch of the Mets' Grapefruit League schedule, on Friday at 1:10 p.m. against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field.

Montero, 23, went a combined 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA in 27 starts between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last season. He allowed 136 hits and walked 35 while striking out 150 in 155 1/3 innings. He also started for the international team in the Futures Games at Citi Field during the All-Star festivities.

The upcoming starting-pitching schedule also includes ...

Saturday vs. Marlins: John Lannan

March 2 at Cardinals: Daisuke Matsuzaka

March 3 at Braves: Noah Syndergaard

March 4 vs. Astros: Jonathon Niese

March 5 (split squad) vs. Marlins: Bartolo Colon
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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