According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, 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