HOUSTON — Yankees lefthander Jordan Montgomery departed Tuesday night’s start against the Astros after just one inning with what the club said was “left elbow tightness.”
The 25-year-old Montgomery, the team announced, will return to New York Wednesday to be evaluated by club physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
Montgomery, who entered the game 2-0 with a 3.76 ERA in six starts this season, coasted through the bottom of the first inning, needing just seven pitches to retire the Astros in order. There were no outward signs of distress.
But as the Yankees batted in the top of the second, Domingo German began warming in the bullpen and the righthander came on for the bottom of the second after Justin Verlander stranded two runners with strikeouts of Tyler Austin and Gleyber Torres.
German allowed a leadoff single to Yuli Gurriel but retired three straight, two on strikeouts.
Montgomery went 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts last season and finished sixth in AL Rookie of the Year balloting.