Yankees’ Frankie Montas to get MRI for right shoulder discomfort

MILWAUKEE—Frankie Montas’ time with the Yankees has gotten off to a rough start—and it’s getting worse.

Montas went for an MRI exam on his right shoulder on Saturday after he felt discomfort in the area following his outing on Friday against the Brewers, in which he allowed four runs in 3 ¹/₃ innings in a Yankees loss.

The right-hander missed time in July with right shoulder inflammation while with Oakland (although he didn’t go on the injured list), and he was still being built back up when the Yankees acquired him just before the trade deadline, along with Lou Trivino, for JP Sears and three other players. In eight starts with the Yankees, Montas has an ERA of 6.35.

Montas said after the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Brewers on Saturday that he was feeling better. He liked the discomfort to “normal soreness from pitching.”

He added the feeling is different than when he was injured earlier in the season with the A’s. Montas said he expected to feel worse on Saturday after the initial discomfort and said he would “probably” make his next start.

Frankie Montas will get an MRI on his right shoulder.
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Manager Aaron Boone said Domingo German would “likely” take Montas’ spot in the rotation if he has to miss his next outing. Boone added he is “at least a little bit [concerned]. We’ll see what we get from the results and [team physician Dr. Chris] Ahmad.”

In 39 ²/₃ innings with the Yankees, the 29-year-old Montas has given up 46 hits and 15 walks while striking out 33. He allowed 91 hits and 28 walks while striking out 109 in 104 ²/₃ innings with the Athletics .

Asked if the shoulder might have played a role in Montas’ disappointing results as a Yankee, Boone said: “I think it could’ve had something to do with [Friday] night. As far as we know, he’s been good and healthy.”

The Yankees did notice a dip in his fastball velocity in the second and third inning Friday.

“[Friday] night, according to him, was minor,” Boone said. “We knew he was coming off the injury, but that only cost him 17 days. Everything suggested he was healthy.”

Except the results.

“I haven’t pitched like I can pitch and know I’m capable of doing,” Montas said after his start Friday. “I want to show what I can do in the playoffs.”

Frankie Montas
Frankie Montas has struggled since joining the Yankees at the deadline.
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Montas has about three weeks to get right before the postseason.

“His command isn’t there right now,” one AL scout saidf. “Without that, this is what’s gonna happen.”

On Friday, Montas said both his split-fingered fastball and sinker were ineffective.

Outside of five shutout innings at Tampa Bay on Sept. 4, Montas has been mediocre at best.

The rotation will get a boost next week, when Luis Severino is scheduled to start Wednesday in The Bronx, following his rehab from a strained lat that has sidelined him since mid-July.

But he was supposed to join a rotation with Montas pitching well. The Yankees acquired Montas after they were unable to land Luis Castillo, who went from the Reds to the Mariners.

Prior to Montas’ injury, Boone said he was confident the pitcher would be able to figure it out.

“We need him to,” Boone said Friday. “We’ve got to get him moving in a good direction [to get] momentum. … We’ve got to keep working at it. He can be a difference-maker when he’s going well.”

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