NEW YORK (AP) - Pitching prospect Rafael Montero is scheduled to make his major league debut for the New York Mets in the Subway Series.
The team says Monday that Jenrry Mejia has been bumped to the bullpen, a move he was reluctant to make, and Montero will be called up to start in Mejia's place Wednesday night against the New York Yankees at Citi Field.
One of several touted arms in the Mets' farm system, the 23-year-old Montero is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 41 2-3 innings at Triple-A Las Vegas. He tossed 5 1-3 hitless innings Friday night in a win over Salt Lake and was pulled after 98 pitches.
Mejia is 3-0 with a 5.06 ERA in seven starts and has repeatedly expressed his preference to start.
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