The Yankees introduced that right-hander Frankie Montas has been positioned on the 15-day injured checklist, retroactive to Sept. 17, as a consequence of proper shoulder irritation. In a corresponding transfer, outfielder Harrison Bader was reinstated from the injured checklist, a transfer that was beforehand reported.
Montas, 29, was acquired from the A’s simply previous to the commerce deadline in early August. He handled some shoulder irritation in July and ended up lacking simply over two weeks. He acquired a cortisone shot and returned to make two extra begins for the A’s earlier than the deadline. The Yankees have been evidently glad sufficient with the outcomes to go forward and pull the set off on the deal.
Sadly, the transfer to the Bronx hasn’t gone easily for Montas thus far. Although he had a 3.18 ERA on the time of the commerce, he’s registered a 6.35 mark since donning the pinstripes. His 25.8% strikeout price with Oakland has been changed by a 17.8% mark with the Yankees. It’s doable that the shoulder problem is taking part in a task in all of this, as his fastball velocity dipped in July, perked again up in August, earlier than dipping once more right here in September. Montas tells Marly Rivera of ESPN that the present problem is just like what he skilled final time, and he acquired one other cortisone shot. Supervisor Aaron Boone spoke to the media (video from Rivera) and mentioned that Montas will likely be shut down from throwing for about 10 days and will nonetheless ramp again up for starter’s work in what’s left of the season.
The final time Montas went down this path, he pitched on July 21, his first begin since July 3. In that return begin, he threw 53 pitches over three scoreless innings. He adopted that up with 78 pitches over 5 innings on July 26 after which was traded earlier than his subsequent begin. With simply over two weeks now remaining on the schedule, that leaves a decent window for Montas to return, assuming he’s even in a position to observe the same schedule this time round.
For the Yankees, this may put a dent of their rotation depth for the rest of the season and probably into the postseason, relying on how Montas heals. Regardless of a tough second half, they nonetheless have a 5.5-game lead over the Blue Jays within the AL East and are well-positioned to earn a bye previous the primary spherical of the playoffs. That will give them extra time to get Montas constructed again up, assuming they’re able to hold on over the approaching weeks. Within the brief time period, the Yankees are anticipated to get Luis Severino again from his personal IL stint Wednesday, per MLB.com, whereas Boone says that Domingo Germán will rejoin the rotation on Saturday, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. These two will slot into the rotation alongside Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes and Jameson Taillon. In the long run, although Montas was acquired with the hope of being a key contributor for the Yanks within the playoffs, it’s now unsure how a lot of a task he’ll play there.