The New York manager Aaron Boone confirmed on Wednesday stating that left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery will be resting at least six to eight weeks due to a skeletal muscle injury in his elbow. Montgomery, who left Tuesday’s start after one inning with a tightness in his forearm, came back to New York, where he was given a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test and was reviewed by the team doctor, Christopher Ahmad. “Not great news, but not worst case news, either,” Boone said. “Hopefully he can use this time to get well and get strong and come back and help us for most of the second half.”
Gumby as fondly known, 25, was 2-0 with a 3.62 earned run average in six starts, including his shortened start on Tuesday. Larry Rothschild, pitching coach, had noticed that Montgomery’s velocity, which is usually in the low 90s, was near about 88 and 90 miles per hour. After Montgomery indicated the tightness, the Yankees chose not to risk anything and pulled him out from the game. Montgomery left Tuesday night’s start against the Houston Astros after hurling just seven pitches.
After being placed on the disabled list prior Wednesday, David Hale was summoned from Class-AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will hold a spot in the ballpark.
Montgomery will primarily be substituted in the rotation by Domingo German, who pitched gamely in aid on Tuesday, keeping the Astros without any score for four innings while providing four hits and a walk. But manager Boone being cautious about the rotation past German taking Montgomery’s preplanned start on Sunday, partly because starting Monday the Yankees will have four days off in a 17-day span, letting them to skip that spot in the rotation.
In addition to signing minor league pitcher David Hale to a major league contract, the Yankees also transferred outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (plantar fasciitis) to the 60-day DL.
The Yankees have their strongest pitcher in Left-hander Josh Rogers, with a 3.00 earned run average. He has tossed well in four of his five starts and has struck out 31 and walked five in 30 innings. The other two commendable candidates Justus Sheffield and Dillon Tate, have been hurling well at Class AA Trenton.
As for Gumby, he will not be throwing for three weeks minimum, a post which he will start playing catch and begin constructing himself back up. A flexor strain can be a precursor to Tommy John surgery — as was the scene with precedent top candidate James Kaprielian last April — but Boone stated there was no indication Montgomery’s injury would in any way turn towards surgery.
When questioned directly after the game on how big his level of distress in terms of the injury was, Montgomery said: “not very high.” Montgomery could be noticed throughout his lone inning of action contracting his left arm as if enduring some kind of pain. Upon interrogation, Montogomery described particularly where he was wounded; he positioned to an area of muscle exactly below his elbow on the back of his arm. The Yankees also had been longing the injury wasn’t important enough.