BREAKING: New York Mets Shut Down Starter For At Least Three Months

Brutal news for the New York Mets.

After manager Buck Showalter said Monday morning that he might be ready for the start of the season, it is now being reported that starter Jose Quintana will be shut down from throwing for at least three months.

Quintana is apparently dealing with a small stress fracture in the fifth rib on his left side and the team will take an extremely cautious approach with his recovery.

Given the expected timeline, the 34-year-old should resume a throwing program around the middle of June, with a potential return around the All-Star break.

With Quintana out, either David Peterson or Tylor Megill will have to take his spot in the rotation. 

Quintana signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Mets this offseason after posting career-best numbers with a 2.93 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 137 strikeouts across 165.2 innings last year between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.  
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