TORONTO — Jordan Montgomery’s season is over. And the lefthander’s 2019 suddenly is in question as well.
The Yankees announced Tuesday afternoon that Montgomery, on the disabled list since May 2 with a flexor strain in his left elbow, will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday.
The news doesn’t necessarily put any more pressure on GM Brian Cashman, who has made no secret since last winter that adding rotation depth is his top priority. In that respect, the Montgomery announcement doesn’t change things though, as Aaron Boone said on Tuesday, the organization’s overall depth took a hit.
“Obviously we’re a little bit dinged up,” Boone said. “We’ve got some guys we feel like can contribute at some point if we got into a situation down below [in the minors], but obviously Brian, the whole organization, we’re always working as many possibilities as we can to keep the depth viable.”
Two of the Yankees top pitching prospects, Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield, have had their moments at Triple-A but neither has shown himself to be ready for the big leagues. The best starter there has been lefty Josh Rodgers (5-4, 3.29), whom Boone said has “opened a lot of eyes.”
But Boone made clear rookie righty Domingo German, who replaced Montgomery in the rotation and is 0-3 with a 6.33 ERA in five starts, will continue in that role.
Montgomery left his start May 1 against the Astros after one inning with tightness in the elbow and was later diagnosed with the strain. He was given a prognosis of being out six to eight weeks and the rehab process was progressing well until Saturday when Montgomery started to again feel discomfort in the elbow while throwing a flat-ground session in Baltimore. An MRI taken Monday revealed the problem that would require surgery.
“I talked to him today,” Boone said of Montgomery, who went 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie. “He’s in pretty good spirits considering.”