Tylor Megill makes Mets' starting rotation, Luis Severino to pitch second game of season

Prior to Wednesday's game against the Miami Marline in Jupiter, Fla., Mets manager Carlos Mendoza announced that Tylor Megill will be in the starting rotation to begin the regular season.

Right-hander Jose Butto, who was also in play for the fifth starter's role, has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, with Mendoza calling it a "tough" decision that the club had to make.

With Kodai Senga not expected to be ready to pitch until May due to a posterior capsule strain in his right shoulder, the fifth spot in the rotation was up for grabs, and it's no surprise that Megill was the choice. Despite a rocky outing in his last start, the tall righty has looked very impressive this spring, posting a 3.45 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

"He showed up in really good shape," Mendoza said of Megill. "He was already throwing live BP. Credit to him, the way he approached the offseason and how he prepared. He was working on new pitches and all of that, but he came prepared, just like Butto did. Then the outings he had, the way he threw the baseball, the way he was bouncing back, and he’s a guy who’s done it. He’s got a little bit more experience than Butto, and we decided to go that route."

Mendoza also announced that veteran Luis Severino will pitch the second game of the regular season against the Milwaukee Brewers, following Jose Quintana's Opening Day start.

How the rest of the rotation -- Megill, Sean Manaea, and Adrian Houser -- lines up is still to be determined.

"As we continue to move forward here, we’ll have a better picture," Mendoza said.