Yankees without Cortes, to make matters worse, Montas undergoes ‘shoulder surgery’

The New York Yankees, who had built a strong starting lineup, suffered setbacks in preparation for the 2023 season. Following Nestor Cortes (29) with a hamstring injury, Frankie Montas (30) is out due to shoulder surgery.스포츠토토

On the 16th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, announced that Montas would undergo surgery on his right shoulder on the 22nd.

Montas, who made his big league debut with the Chicago White Sox in 2015, is a pitcher who played for the Oakland Athletics from 2017 to the first half of last year. In particular, he recorded a career high in 2021 with a 13-9 record and an earned run average of 3.37. Last year, he went 4-9 with an ERA of 3.18 in Oakland, and the Yankees, who had challenged for the championship, recruited him before the trade deadline.

Montas was not the biggest fish that year. The biggest starting pitcher was Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds, but Castillo went to the Seattle Mariners, which included top prospects in their package. The Yankees, who were reluctant to leak top prospects, gave up left-handed prospect Ken Waldychuck and chose Montas over Castillo.

The results were not good. After transferring to the Yankees, Montas had a 6.35 ERA in 8 games. In mid-September, he suffered a blow above his shoulder, ending the regular season. He returned in the postseason, but with a 9.00 earned run average with one home run per inning, he didn’t even perform well as a bullpen.

His shoulder injury also held him back this year. On January 15 last month, local media reported that Montas would miss the first month or so to recover from inflammation in his right shoulder.”

I tried to solve it with treatment, but ended up on the operating table. His expected return is the second half of this season. It could even blow the whole season.

It is bad news for Montas as well. He will become a free agent (FA) at the end of this season. He needs to raise his value as much as possible right before free agency, but due to an injury, he may not be able to climb the mound and go to the market. Meanwhile, the Yankees are expected to appoint Clark Schmidt (27) as their fifth starter in place of Montas.

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