Mets claim lefty Tommy Milone off waivers from Brewers

Sandy Alderson said on Saturday that the Mets would look outside the organization for a starting pitcher following Rafael Montero’s poor start on Friday. And that’s where they’ve found one.

The Mets claimed LHP Tommy Milone off of waivers from the Brewers Sunday.

Milone, 30, was off to a rough start with Milwaukee, posting a 6.43 ERA in 21 innings of work so far this season. He also didn’t have a good year in 2016, when his ERA was 5.71.

One NL scout who saw Milone pitch this spring said Milone “pitched well, was effective vs both sides hitters.”

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Asked if Milone could compete, the scout said, “I don’t have a certain answer to your question. I think it depends on which guy shows up any given day. He does know what he’s doing. Sometimes his stuff just betrays him.”

The soft-throwing lefty has had a decent amount of success in several years with the Athletics and Twins in the past. He is 45-33 with a 4.21 ERA over the course of his career.

If the Mets decide to slot Milone in the rotation in Montero’s place, they might not need him this turn. Since Adam Wilk started in place of a suspended Matt Harvey on Sunday, either Harvey or Zack Wheeler could start Wednesday when Montero was scheduled to pitch.

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