Jordan Montgomery’s 2018 season was cut short for the New York Yankees, and now he has a timetable for his return in mind.
Talking to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Montgomery said he expects to return to a big league game after the All-Star break.
Jordan Montgomery said he’s up to making 50 throws at 90 feet… has been doing that for about three weeks. He’ll be throwing off a mound next month and is aiming for a big league return after the All-Star break.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 13, 2019
In just a short time, Montgomery has been extremely impressive for the Yankees after opening eyes during Spring Training back in 2017. Through 35 career games, the lefty posted a 3.84 ERA winning 11 games before suffering finding out he needed surgery.
In the six games prior to the injury last year, the 26-year-old was 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA and it looked like he was on track to have a career year in just his second big league season.
You really cannot deny the importance Montgomery has within the Yankees rotation when fully healthy. A healthy Montgomery gives the Yankees depth and there is no such thing as having too much depth in your starting rotation, especially the Yankees rotation. CC Sabathia’s health status is a major question mark at this point while you never know if Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow will last an entire season.
Not only does he add depth, but he also adds another left-hander to an already left-handed heavy rotation. Teams are always looking for a lefty to add to their rotation and once Monty returns, the Yankees will have four viable left-handers available to them.
The road ahead is still going to be tough for Montgomery, but it’s a start. A start for what he hopes can be a clean bill of health and a chance to continue what he started a season ago.