In his first start of the spring, Montero allowed one earned run, three hits and struck out four.
Montero officially remains in competition with
When asked where Montero fits into the Mets' pitching staff, manager Terry Collins said "On the team - somewhere."
Montero suggested he is fine with any role.
"[In the] minor leagues I was a starting pitcher," Montero said through an interpreter. "Now, in the big leagues, I'm ready to pitch ... In the minor leagues, I want to start. That's in the minor leagues. But here in the big leagues that's their decision."
Montero has pitched nine innings in the spring so far, posting a 4.00 ERA with nine hits and eight strike outs.
Gee, who is likely to replace Zack Wheeler in the rotation, has tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts, lowering his spring ERA to 2.45 in 14 2/3 innings.
Gee said he threw only fastballs and changeups the first time through the lineup at the request of pitching coach Dan Warthen.
“I’m a sinker guy. I like to use the defense. So it was nice to get a lot of groundballs,” Gee said, per ESPN. “Me and Dan were talking. I was upset about 70 pitches through four innings. But he said, ‘Remember, I kind of limited you to fastball-changeup the first time through the order. You might have been able to put somebody away faster if you were using everything.’
“We were just working on seeing how good of a pitcher I could be with two pitches the first time through and not break out the other stuff.”
Though it appears as if
"I think it's still a competition between Montero and Gee," Warthen said. "They're both quality pitchers, I don't think we're going to hamstrung by either one of them."
Gee threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a split-squad game against the Astros. He has a 3.38 ERA through four spring outings (two starts). Montero allowed one run on two hits over 3 2/3 innings of work against Houston on Thursday. He has a 5.40 ERA through two outings (five innings) this spring.
"I was almost a little nervous for today -- just having to start again," Gee said. "It's exciting. And I get adrenaline every time I get to do something I really love to do. It was nice. I tried to stay within myself and work on things and take it for what it was, but it was exciting to get back out there and do what I like to do."
"I guess that was kind of his way of saying that I’m going to start until we see something else going on," Gee said. "I don't know."
Gee will replace Zack Wheeler in the starting rotation, after he was diagnosed with a fully torn UCL, and is likely facing Tommy John surgery.
"I told Zack this yesterday. I said, 'I would rather be pitching in the bullpen than have this happen to you,'" Gee said. "And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I hope that at this point now, I can just help the team in that regard."
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