Frankie Montas’ status for the season in question, MRI shows inflammation in throwing shoulder

The Yankees will try to get Frankie Montas back for the playoffs. The right-hander said that he is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, the exact same issue that had him sidelined in July. Montas had a cortisone shot on Monday and will be shut down from throwing for at least at least 10 days. Then, he will have to go through a gradual ramp up. After Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates at Yankee Stadium, the Bombers have 15 days left in the regular season.

“I mean, I still want to go back and try and help the team in the playoffs,” Montas said before Tuesday night’s game. “You know, whenever I can.”

Nestor Cortes Jr., who took the ball Tuesday night in the series opener against the Pirates, has been their most consistent starter this season, but beyond that, the Yankees have some questions in their rotation as they head into the playoffs. Gerrit Cole has shown a tendency to give up home runs, Jameson Taillon has struggled to put hitters away. Luis Severino is coming back feeling healthy, but having not faced a major league lineup since July 13.

And now there is no guarantee that Montas will be back in time.

“It’s certainly possible,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said about Montas’ return. “But we’ll just see how the recovery goes over the next week or 10 days. And then we’ll see where we are from a calendar standpoint, how many pitches we can get him up to, those types of things.”

For now, Domingo German, who has been solid since coming off the injured list in mid-July, will slot back into the rotation in Montas’ spot.

Montas was sidelined for more than two weeks in July with shoulder inflammation with the A’s and said this issue feels the …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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