The excitement continues to build for the New York Mets, who are rounding out their roster for the start of the 2021 season.
The team announced that the club has invited the following 28 players to major league spring training as non-roster invitees:
Pitchers (12): RHP Matt Allan, LHP Jerry Blevins, RHP Oscar De La Cruz, RHP Jerad Eickhoff, RHP Ryley Gilliam, RHP Harol González, RHP Trevor Hildenberger, RHP Tylor Megill, RHP Marcel Rentería, RHP Jared Robinson, RHP Arodys Vizcaíno, LHP Tom Windle
Catchers (4): Francisco Álvarez, Bruce Maxwell, Nick Meyer, David Rodríguez
Infielders (7): Brett Baty, Brandon Drury, Jake Hager, Ronny Mauricio, José Peraza, Wilfredo Tovar, Mark Vientos
Outfielders (5): Pete Crow-Armstrong, Johneshwy Fargas, Drew Ferguson, Mallex Smith, Tim Tebow
In addition it was revealed by the Mets Medical staff that an MRI has revealed that RHP Seth Lugo has a loose body in his right elbow and will undergo surgery on Tuesday, February 16 at HSS Florida.
While going through his normal throwing progression during the offseason, a bone spur had broken off at some point. Inflammation that wouldn’t subside recently caused Seth to inform the Mets medical staff of the situation and they ordered an MRI which took place on Friday, Feb. 12.
Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure. Lugo will not throw for six weeks before assessing and transitioning into a throwing program.
The most recent move by the franchise is the addition of LHP Mike Montgomery and RHP Tommy Hunter to minor league contracts and invited both to Major League Spring Training.
Montgomery, 31, has posted a 3.84 career ERA (231 earned runs/541.0 innings) during his six-year major league career with the Mariners, Cubs and Royals. He has appeared in 183 Major League games and made 70 career starts.
The 6-5, 220-pounder recorded the final out of the 2016 World Series, helping the Chicago Cubs clinch their first championship in 108 years.
Montgomery pitched in three games for Kanas City in 2020, making one start, and went 3-9 with a 4.95 ERA (50 earned runs/91.0 innings) in 33 combined games, 13 starts with the Cubs and Royals in 2019.
Hunter, 34, has pitched 13 years in the majors with the Rangers, Orioles, Cubs, Indians, Rays and Phillies.
The 6-3, 250-pounder is 56-45 with 22 saves and a 4.08 ERA (391 earned runs/863.1 innings) in 472 major league games. He went 0-1 with one save and a 4.01 ERA (11 earned runs/24.2 innings) in 24 contests with Philadelphia in 2020.
Be sure to stay tuned as there will be a lot more moves the team will make, as the countdown is on to the start of the 2021 MLB Season.
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