Jordan Montgomery launches again after 15 months; strip in Minor Leagues

The New York Yankees left-handed pitcher had his first outing since he was operated by Tommy John

Jordan Montgomery

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Good news for the New York Yankees, as a potential young starting pitcher showed that he is doing very well with his recovery from Tommy John surgery. This is the giant left-handed Jordan Blackmon Montgomery, who has not launched in the MLB since May 1, 2018.

This 26-year-old pitcher did not climb the diamond since then, it took almost 16 months for him to do it again, since last Sunday, August 25 he had a rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues, specifically with the Tampa Tarpons, at the Advanced Class A level. Montgomery did very well to be his first outing of the year and threw for two innings without hit or run with two strikeouts and no base per ball against the team of Lakeland Flying Tigers, branch of said level of the Detrot Tigers.

Jordan, 1.98 meters and 100 kilos, made 19 pitches, 13 of them in the good zone. On March 23 of the current year he had been placed by the Yankees on the 60-Day Injured List to recover from Tommy John and five months later that process is paying off.

Montgomery showed off at the George M. Steinbrenner Field, in Tampa, although he obviously left without a decision, but that goes to second place, as he threw six batters and all dominated them with a one-out proportion by the road. and three more for the high. Interestingly, his rival on the hill was another pitcher who seeks to return to the majors: Jake Thompson, who from 2016 to 2018 launched for the Phillies.

Jordan Montgomery had started his MLB career with the Yankees very well, since in 2017 he had numbers of 9-7 and 3.88 of effectiveness in 29 starts as a rookie. Last year he looked the same or better, since he had started 2-0 and 3.62 in six starts, but on May 1, 2018 he suffered left elbow strain, which became the Tommy John, operated in June of that year .

Note that a year later, exactly in June 2019, Montgomery began his process of returning to the diamond badly after leaving a session of batting practice to his teammates:

Jordan's next opening could be in Double A and if everything goes well, he could later join Triple A and then the Major Leagues, to reinforce the rotation that the only bad thing is that it is plagued by left-handed people like James Paxton, J.A. Happ and C.C Sabathia.