4:20pm: Montgomery has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left arm and is expected to be out anywhere from six to eight weeks, manager Aaron Boone tells WFAN’s Mike Francesca (via WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, on Twitter). Montgomery will be shut down from throwing entirely for the next two to three weeks.
Clearly, that comes as a significant hit to the rotation. For the time being, righty Domingo German is slated to take the hill in what would’ve been Montgomery’s place this coming weekend, though the team will surely consider other options in the long run as well.
Notably, top prospect Chance Adams has gotten off to a dismal start to his Triple-A campaign in 2018, though southpaw Justus Sheffield has thrown quite well in Double-A. Both rank among the game’s best pitching prospects, though the 25-year-old German has handled himself quite well through his first 14 1/3 innings with the Yankees this season.
2:31pm: The Yankees have announced a series of roster moves driven largely by the decision to place lefty Jordan Montgomery on the 10-day DL. He is dealing with an elbow strain, per the club.
Righty David Hale, who recently re-signed with the organization, will join the active roster after his contract was purchased. To create a 40-man spot, the Yanks bumped outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the 60-day DL. Meanwhile, outfield prospect Clint Frazier has been activated from the concussion DL and optioned to Triple-A.
The real question here involves the health of Montgomery, who is a key rotation piece. There’s not much more clarity on that question now than there was yesterday, when he left his start early owing to the elbow problem. The 25-year-old is carrying a 3.62 ERA over 27 1/3 innings on the year but has seen his K/BB numbers dip along with his average fastball velocity as compared with his 2017 debut effort.
As for Ellsbury, the move to the 60-day DL is largely procedural. He’s already been on the shelf for more than half of that time, and the transfer to the lengthier of the two disabled lists is unlikely to impact his return date, as the 60-day term is tied to his original DL placement rather than today’s move. He’ll be eligible to return to the active roster in late May, though there’s no clearly defined timetable to suggest exactly when he may be activated.
I guess we would have heard by now if he needed TJS
not good, but maybe we get a look at Adams or Sheffield with the big club
Hale over Frazier? Ridiculous.. another bad move.
Well they have 4 OF up iirc and lose a pitcher, add a pitcher, I guess. Reasonable, they really need to trade Frazier once he gets a chance to put up results in AAA.
Can Frazier pitch? Plus, they had to use 6 pitchers yesterday, and do not have a day off for a while. Need arms.
You really think Frazier would be better than Hale, out of the pen?
It was a sarcastic comment to the person posting above.
For those who are clamoring for Adams..he’s carrying an ERA over 5 in AAA and has looked horrible his last 2 starts.
Sheffield has looked good at AA and his last start was really good,but you’re talking about not much time spent there. Move him up to AAA and see how he does.
Cashman really needs to bite the bullet and trade for another starter..But who’s available that’s decent? God Cole looks good.
But he has ACE potential. You don’t leave the ACE on the shelf for a rag doll.
Adams or Sheffield?
Adams had surgery to remove bone spurs that he had been pitching with towards the end of last year. They didn’t mention it publicly but that’s what happened. I don’t think it;s fair to judge him quite yet considering his recovery.
There’s no need to panic. German is a slept on prospect but a good prospect none the less. Let him start and see what he can give you.
Trouble is they should have added a starter in the offseason other then just CC. You don’t know what you’re gonna get out German with extending him, but a more reliable starter added by trade gives both depth and a boost. No way do I think any less of Adams but at this point he’s not ready nor is Sheffield. Where did you hear about Adams surgery?
River blues I think? They discussed him in an article today.
They also have Acevedo who’s already on the 40 man they can spot start. And maybe they right Cole. They will be fine and don’t need to rush a trade.
Can someone tell me what they see in David Hale? I wanna like him
They see a guy they can bring in in blowouts.
I thought Jonathon Holder had that role locked up
Holder has been pitching important innings since Kahnle and Warren went down.
Two 2013 offseason signings their teams must regret–Ellsbury and Choo. Neither has been a bad player, but big price for just OK and not always able to stay on the field.
Did i miss something? David Hale signed with the twins and is on there active roster! When the yankees traded for AJ Cole they cut Hale and the twins signed him!
@ Harveysnot…. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/05/yankees-sign-david-hale.html
Flexor strain is serious sigh of relief. Still worrisome in the long run, but at least he avoided TJS for now.
8-10 weeks doesn’t make a difference. If he has TJ surgery he’ll be out this year and next either way. They are hoping he’ll be able to pitch like that, but money is on him having TJ in by August.
It beats being out 12 to 15 months after TJS. Guess we’ll see him back around the ASB if all goes according to plan.
Still sucks but def not the worst thing that could of happened
Agreed, Can’t wait for German to show what he’s got! I’m excited. Following him for a long time.
Reds would probably chip in some money to trade Homer Bailey to New York.
“Some money?” Bailey’s current value is very minimal. Most of that awful contract would need to be eaten for that trade to occur. While I think it’s highly possible the Yankees seek a starter on the trade market, they have better in-house options at this point than Homer Bailey.
Its a bad contract that is overlooked. Offer the Reds Ellsbury…
…not the worst suggestion I’ve ever seen…..actually it’s a pretty good one…..Homer hasn’t been THAT bad, and he needs to get out of the Great American Smallpark……for a low range prospect and some money, Yanks should do it…..
And Yankee freaking Stadium will somehow help his dismal home run rates??
Well, that isnt good news. I would try having German be the #5 starter and see how that works before trading for a SP. I dont think the trade market is favorable for those needing a SP and the last thing you would want is to overpay to fill in for your #5 starter.
I have dismissed the Yankees acquiring Patrick Corbin in the past but he might be the most reasonably attainable SP available via trade. Still wouldnt recommend it though, since it is still just the #5 starter you are replacing, even though Monty has been pitching like a #3 or #4.
“most reasonably attainable SP available via trade.”
Why would the 1st place D-Backs consider trading Corbin? They lost Walker for the year and Corbin is leading the staff in almost every category.
Plus he’s a FA at the end of the year. No way on earth do the D-Backs do that.
Yeah, unless Arizona plummets out of contention before the trade deadline, Corbin isn’t going anywhere. The off-season was the window to acquire him, it would seem.
The D-Backs tried shipping him off to NYY in the offseason, maybe they are even more willing to deal. And since he is on the last year of his contract it drives his value down since he would just be a rental. Im sure players like Archer and Fulmer would cost teams more to obtain.
Maybe i should have said “good SP that is also most likely easier to obtain.
You are still ignoring the fact that he is leading their staff and the D-Backs are firing on all cylinders. They have the 2nd best record in MLB and have shown no signs of slowing down.
Last offseason is history and is not pertinent. A first place team is not going to trade a pitcher who is, atm, anchoring the staff, one year left or not. If the D-Backs suddenly play .400 ball for the next 2 months, maybe they trade then but otherwise it ain’t gonna happen.
May as well ask Houston for Keuchel.
There is no way the D-Backs trade Corbin when they are one of the best teams in the NL. Right now Corbin has way more value to the D-Backs then anything they can get in return for him. He may very well be a Yankee just not till next year when he is a free agent.
What I am not ignoring is that Patrick Corbin is a career 4.00 ERA guy and this season so far has been a huge outlier and no one is certain if his hot start is legit or just that, a hot start. Because of this, the one year left on his contract, and the fact that they were shopping him around in the offseason leads me to believe that theyd be still willing to deal him, although for a higher price.
Another thing is that its not a sure thing that the D-Backs can keep up there hot start just like its not a sure thing that the Dodgers are going to continue to have such a rough patch.
I would agree with you that it would take the D-Backs to start sucking a bit before they trade him away but considering that it is the D-Backs they have to be aware that at any moment they can start playing .500 ball again.
Yep…they will start playing .500 ball again….like the did last season too. /s
Take a good look at the D-Backs roster. They lost JDM, Walker had TJ, Ray is hurt, their lineup has a lot of weak spots and their bullpen is average. It will be amazing if that team can pump out 90 wins this season. Bet you thought the Mets were legit too huh
Next man up, Germain has great movement on his pitches. If he locates well he will be a success. I think he is ready for his chance.
He has been very really overlooked last year despite posting great numbers as a full time starter. I think he has something to prove and the fact that he’s playing along former teammates service win jobs I think will help him stay focused. I love having a team with a kid or two trying to prove themselves.
…Cale Coshow anyone?
Washington struggling. Time to get Scherzer. Make them a deal they can’t refuse, Cash
Too bad great pitcher lucky we have German who is just as good