New York Mets pitcher Trevor Joseph May was born in the United States on September 23, 1989. (MLB). He used to suit up for the Minnesota Twins. May is a co-owner of the FCF Zappers, a team in the Fan Controlled Football (FCF) league.
This evening, the Mets announced that they have placed right-handed pitcher Trevor May on the disabled list. His roster spot has been given to Bryce Montes de Oca, another right-handed pitcher.
Prior to these transactions, there was no room for Montes de Oca on the team’s 40-man roster. All of this, plus the fact that the team hasn’t revealed May’s ailment, suggests he’s on the COVID IL. A team’s 40-man roster does not include those players.
May’s status on the IL might be related to her having experienced symptoms or being exposed to the virus, therefore it is unclear at this time if she has tested positive for the virus. If a test comes back negative, then there is no set time limit for how long someone must remain on IL.
If a player fails a drug test, per MLB‘s 2022 health regulations, he must sit out for 10 days. However, this suspension can be waived with two negative PCR tests and the permission of three doctors (the team doctor, the league-appointed doctor, and the MLBPA-appointed doctor).
May’s story is a tale of two seasons; he had a rough first year. After a month, his ERA had risen to 8.64, and he was shut down because of irritation in his triceps. Following a three-month layoff, he returned at the start of August and immediately began producing at a much higher level. Since his comeback, his ERA is 3.86 and his K/BB ratio is 35.9%, which is fantastic. His walk rate is only 7.7%.
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As a 26-year-old, Montes de Oca was selected by the Mets in the 2018 ninth round of the draft. For the years 2018 and 2019, he was sidelined by injury, and in 2020, the pandemic prevented him from playing.
By the end of the 2021 season, he had reached Double-A, marking his official entry into the professional ranks. He started the year off in Double-A again and pitched to a 3.12 ERA in 17 1/3 innings, striking out 31.2% of batters faced and inducing grounders on 68.4% of balls in play.
Even though he walked an unacceptable 18.2% of batters faced, he was nonetheless promoted to Triple-A. Since then, in 30 innings at that park, he has posted a 3.90 ERA with a 35.3% strikeout rate, 37.7% ground ball rate, and 15.4% walk rate. He was regarded as the Mets’ #25 prospect by FanGraphs in July due to his high fastball velocity and tailing movement. Once he gets into a game, he’ll officially be a major leaguer.
Whether Montes de Oca’s contract was chosen in the standard manner or as a COVID “substitute” is unclear. If the latter is true, then he can be released from the team’s mandatory 40-man roster without having to go through the waiver process. Based on the health and safety protocols in place for 2022, only Commissioner Rob Manfred can decide if a team has to add a substitute to the roster due to the effects of COVID-19.
On August 9, 2014, May debuted for the Major League Baseball team. His first game was against the Oakland Athletics. His good performance with the Class AAA International League’s Rochester Red Wings lasted barely two innings, during which he threw 28 of 63 pitches for strikes, walked seven, allowed four earned runs, and struck out nobody. The Twins trounced
the Chicago White Sox 11-4 at home on September 3, 2014, giving May his first major league victory. For 5.1 innings, he scattered 6 hits and 3 earned runs while fanning 6.
As a reliever in 2016, he went 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA until a stress fracture in his back ruined his season. May was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow in March 2017 after an MRI examination. It was announced on March 21 that May would have Tommy John surgery, therefore terminating his 2017 season.
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