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Mets call up pitching prospect deGrom as reliever

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm •  Published: May 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets called up right-hander Jacob deGrom from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, making him the first of several talented young arms expected to help solidify New York's pitching staff this season.

DeGrom will work out of the bullpen even though he was 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA as a starter in hitter-friendly Las Vegas. The Mets placed reliever Gonzalez Germen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 6, with a virus to make room for deGrom.

"We've been a little bit ridiculed at times," manager Terry Collins said of criticism that the Mets hold back players in the minor leagues to gain extra time before the player reaches his arbitration years and then free agency.

"We're worried about winning," Collins added. "If that means we got to bring up a young player that people think you might bring up later in the summer but we've got to bring him up now to help, that tells us, or it should tell you, we are trying to win, and those are the guys we think we could win with."

Elite prospect Rafael Montero was in the Mets' clubhouse Tuesday, too. He will make his major league debut Wednesday against the Yankees at Citi Field.

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