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THE BRAND NEW York Yankees received very good news about Frankie Montas’ shoulder injury on Monday.
Per Jon Heyman of the NY Post, Montas’ MRI revealed no major damage, and there’s hope he is able to return after additional rest.
Montas told reporters on Saturday he would undergo an MRI on his shoulder, but he was optimistic there wasn’t anything seriously wrong.
The Yankees made a decision to have the right-hander examined after his Sept. 16 start vs. the Milwaukee Brewers where he allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in 3.1 innings.
This marks Montas’ second MRI in 2022. He previously one in July while still playing for the Oakland Athletics that revealed shoulder inflammation but no structural damage. The 29-year-old spent fourteen days on the injured list.
After dipping their toes in to the Juan Soto trade waters, the Yankees made Montas their big in-season acquisition before the trade deadline. They sent four prospects to Oakland in trade for the veteran pitcher.
Montas had a 3.18 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 104.2 innings through 19 starts with the A’s before the trade.
Because the move to NY, Montas has struggled to a 6.35 ERA, 46 hits allowed and 33 strikeouts over 39.2 innings. He’s got only pitched at the very least six innings twice and contains allowed at the very least four earned runs five times in eight starts.
Montas’ issues are among several problems the Yankees experienced because the All-Star break. They’re 24-30 in 54 games through the second half after posting an MLB-best 64-28 record prior to the Midsummer Classic.
NY still leads the American League East by 5.5 games with 16 games remaining in the standard season. Its postseason chances be determined by key players, including Montas, playing around their potential.
Provided that Montas can go back to his peak form with additional rest, the Yankees ought to be who is fit heading right into a potential playoff series.