Jordan Montgomery was taken out of the Yankees’ matchup with the Astros Tuesday after just one inning with left elbow tightness.
The 25-year-old starting pitcher threw just seven pitches (five strikes) in his inning of work, but came off the mound shaking his elbow as if he were in pain.
Almost immediately after, German got up in the bullpen and came on to work in the second inning.
For the past two days, left-hander Jordan Montgomery had quietly been performing exercises and seeking treatment, attempting to alleviate the tightness that he was experiencing near his pitching elbow. In the past, some combination of the two had always addressed the issue.
“It was giving me fits for a little while,” Montgomery said. “I thought I could throw through it. I’ve been doing a little extra treatment and little exercises. In college and the Minor Leagues, I’ve been able to grind through something like this. But it gave me a little discomfort.”
On Wednesday, Montgomery will return to New York, where he will be further evaluated by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Although manager Aaron Boone is hopeful the issue will prove to be minor, Montgomery is almost certainly headed for the 10-day disabled list.
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“He’d had a quick inning, the velocity was a little down and he just felt like something was off,” Boone said. “[Rothschild] checked with him. He just said, ‘It’s a little tight.’ We didn’t mess around at that point, got him out of the game, and the bullpen picked us up in a big way.”
The 25-year-old Montgomery is 2-0 with a 3.62 ERA in six starts this season. He was 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts last season, and despite the drop in velocity on Tuesday, he characterized his level of concern as “not too high.”
“It’s not like I’m hurting that bad,” he said. “It’s just kind of enough to be there and kind of scare you a little bit.”
As Montgomery and Rothschild chatted in the dugout runway, the Yankees instructed rookie Domingo German to get loose as quickly as possible. The right-hander was ready to answer that call, hurling four scoreless innings at the defending World Series champions with four hits, a walk and four strikeouts.