CINCINNATI -- And now the reinforcements are arriving.
Rafael Montero subs for Jacob deGrom on the mound on Tuesday, while Gavin Cecchini, Brandon Nimmo, T.J. Rivera, Eric Campbell, Josh Edgin and Erik Goeddel also report to Cincinnati now that Triple-A Las Vegas' season is complete.
Montero tossed five scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins last Monday but also walked six batters while logging 100 pitches. He then surrendered a three-run homer while working 1 1/3 innings in a 29-pitch tune-up with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday.
TUESDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:
With Terry Collins resting many of the regulars because of a quick turnaround, Matt Reynolds and Kelly Johnson homered and Bartolo Colon tossed six scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Reds, 5-0, in a Labor Day matinee. The Mets now have 185 homers this season, which is closing in on the franchise-record 200 they slugged in 2006. Reynolds had joined the Mets on Monday, a day ahead of his Las Vegas teammates. Wilmer Flores thrice was thrown out on the bases. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
Former Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was honored in a pregame ceremony Monday in Cincinnati. His former club donated $5,000 to his charity golf event in Beaumont, Texas, which benefits children with developmental disabilities. The issue is dear to Bruce, whose sister has special needs. Bruce went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game against his former employer. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.
Rivera went 3-for-5 on the final day of the regular season to edge Nimmo -- .353 to .352 -- for the Pacific Coast League batting title. Josh Zeid tossed six scoreless innings in that game as Las Vegas closed its season with a 7-1 win at Salt Lake. Phillip Evans went 4-for-6 to narrowly claim the Eastern League batting title, but Tim Peterson surrendered a two-run homer in the 13th inning and Erie beat Binghamton, 10-8. Columbia completed its inaugural season with a 14-2 loss to Charleston. First-round pick Justin Dunn allowed one run in three innings to finish his first professional season with a 1.50 ERA and Brooklyn lost to Staten Island, 5-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.
Cecchini in the past week has started to play second base for the first time in his professional career, but Collins has no intention to use him there. In fact, Collins indicated the newly promoted players are more safety nets for pinch running and double switches than anything else. Read more on the call-ups at NJ.com.
Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post believes the Mets should consider giving the 43-year-old Colon a two-year contract this offseason.
Steven Matz reportedly threw on flat ground on Monday in Port St. Lucie.
Read more on Johnson's contribution to the Mets in Newsday.
From the bloggers … Mets Report is on the bring-back-Colon-in-2017 bandwagon.
BIRTHDAYS: Jerry Blevins turns 33. ... Alex Escobar is 38. ... L.J. Mazzilli and Maikis De La Cruz are 26. ... Wagner Lagrange is 21.
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