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The New York Yankees starting rotation is taking a hit as Jordan Montgomery hits the DL with an elbow strain that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.

Aaron Boone told Mike Francesa on WFAN that Jordan Montgomery has a flexor strain that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks. This is tough news for a New York Yankees starting rotation that already has concerns regarding depth.

It is likely that Domingo German will start on Sunday in place of Montgomery, but it is unclear how Brian Cashman will go about replacing Montgomery in the rotation for the couple months that the lefty will be out.

German looked fantastic in four innings of work against the Houston Astros on Tuesday so the talent is clearly there. He’s already stretched out so he can make a seamless transition into the rotation. If he pitches well, the Yankees may decide to let it ride with German.

But there were serious questions about the depth of the Yankee rotation prior to Montgomery going down. It’s likely that Brian Cashman will start exploring all options to fill that fifth starter role. It is definitely early in the season to expect anyone to make a big trade, but Cashman has a knack for surprising people.

Other roster moves:

  • The Yankees signed David Hale to a Major League contract. He will take Montgomery’s spot on the 25-man roster.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury was transferred to the 60-day DL. Ellsbury really can’t catch a break. He’s really becoming the forgotten man in this organization.
  • Clint Frazier is back with the RailRiders. Unfortunately for Frazier, there is still a logjam in the outfield so it’s unclear when he will make his season debut with the Yankees. For now, he’ll have to get his at-bats in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and be ready for an opportunity.


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