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Yankees see Jordan Montgomery on Saturday, could miss him in October – The Denver Post

ST. LOUIS – Jordan Montgomery quickly settled into his new clubhouse. The former Yankees left-hander says Matt Carpenter, who has played most of his career here at Busch Stadium, called and eased the transition for him, although there was still a shock over Tuesday’s trade evening.

“I’m always a little surprised when I see myself in red,” Montgomery said with a laugh.

But the shock wears off and he begins to grasp his new reality. While his teammates congratulated him on his departure, general manager Brian Cashman indicated that Frankie Montas’ trade for Montgomery was an upgrade and made it pretty clear that the southpaw was not in the plans. Bombers postseason.

Montgomery shrugged Friday.

“If he thinks that, I don’t care. I mean obviously I’m in the (playoff) talks here,” Montgomery said. “So I’m glad to be wanted. And I’m a cardinal now. I’ll do my best.”

The Yankees will see up close and personal what they gave up on Saturday night when he faces his former teammates. In a trade that still baffles how he weakened the Bombers’ throwing depth, they sent Montgomery to St. Louis for Harrison Bader, a formidable center defenseman who is on the disabled list and in a walking boot for at least another week.

“I still don’t think I’ve ever played like I should here,” a shocked Montgomery said Tuesday night. “I’m a much better player than I’ve ever shown, but I think I was consistent and really worked my best.”

The fact is, though, despite having a tough time in his last few outings, Montgomery had been a pretty solid starter for the Yankees. The 29-year-old local southpaw threw a 3.94 ERA in six major league seasons. This season, Montgomery was going 3-3 due to poor running support and a 3.69 ERA over 114.2 innings. The southpaw’s numbers were a bit misleading though, as his 4.14 xERA indicates very positive luck.

Dealing Montgomery removed the final piece of Yankees throwing depth insurance. While the Yankees have made it clear they believe they can trade Montgomery because he wouldn’t be in their playoff rotation after acquiring Frankie Montas, that leaves them with a rotation already showing signs of wear and tear.

Jameson Taillon, who has an extensive injury history, is struggling. Luis Severino is slowly being taken off the injured list, possibly due to his injury history. Gerrit Cole just hasn’t been the stopper the Yankees need in big games. Nestor Cortes has been the Bombers’ most consistent and reliable starter this season, but he’s pushing in an innings pitched count that’s all new to him. The trade deadline saw the Bombers fire their best pitching prospect, leaving only Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt if anything happens. As Schmidt lies down in Triple-A, the Bombers will miss the German and his 6.39 ERA.

Many in the industry wondered if the Yankees were trying to flip Bader for another front starter and the second part of the deal fell through. Speaking on two radio shows in New York on Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman insisted Montgomery’s trade for Bader was a direct deal and not part of a larger deal of several. innings that failed at the last minute.

He also clarified that it was a deal made to make the Yankees more dangerous in October.

Bader, a New York native who went to Horace Mann High School in Riverdale, could be a very specific weapon in the playoffs.

The 28-year-old center fielder won’t be an offensive threat, although he could stretch the bottom of the lineup. Before being stopped with plantar fasciitis, Bader was hitting .256/.303/.370 with five homers and a .673 OPSA in 72 games. That’s down a bit from the .258/.327/.457 with 20 home runs he hit in 2020-21.

When healthy, which should be September, Bader could slip into a regular rotation in the outfield, allowing Giancarlo Stanton, who will also be off the injured list at some point, to DH for a some time to relax. It can be used when they want to get Aaron Judge off the ground.

But Bader was not brought in for September; this is strictly for the playoffs

And it should be used regularly late in post-season games. He is obviously the best defensive choice in center field and should play the last innings there. Bader’s speed is ranked in the upper 94th percentile, which means his speed makes him a threat to steal a base. It can be huge in tight playoff games when getting into scoring position or beating a home pitch can be the difference between advancing or going home early.


Frankie Montas will arrive from Arizona and meet the Yankees in St. Louis on Saturday morning. The right-hander, who the Yankees acquired from the A’s on Monday, is expected to make his Yankees debut on Sunday.

He was on the mourners list and with his family after the death of his mother-in-law.

Montas, who last started on July 26, kicked off a bullpen on Wednesday.

“Luckily he’s in Arizona where he lives and he’s got really good setups there in terms of where he can throw, and so he had a 35-ball bullpen the other day where he was able to lash out,” Boone said. “We were able to have eyes and things like that, and then we had his catchplay yesterday and today, so we were able to keep an eye on him and communicate with him, so I think we should be in a really good position.”


Zack Britton faced live hitters for the first time since undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery on Thursday. Boone said the reports were good.

“Yeah, 14 good pitches. I actually spoke to him yesterday and he was really excited about it,” Boone said. “I looked at it. It looked good. The profile of the lead looks really good. Maybe as big as anything I think the next day, it felt really good, felt strong. So I think he has another bullpen this weekend and I think he has another live session in the middle of next week.Britton is in the final year of his contract with the Yankees.


Giancarlo Stanton continued to ramp up his baseball activities on Friday.

“It’s even more baseball today. I think he picked up the machine yesterday,” Stanton said. “He raced light and was doing the same today. So he is making progress. Stanton went on the disabled list with left Achilles tendinitis on July 26.


Anthony Rizzo was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup against the Cardinals about 45 minutes before the first pitch at Busch Stadium on Friday night. According to the team, he was suffering from “tightness” in his lower back.

The first baseman missed four games last month due to back spasms, which he said he’s had in the past, usually a problem once a season.

Rizzo had been on a hitting streak. He managed four consecutive games from July 29 to August 29. 2, but went 0-for-4 in Wednesday’s loss to the Mariners. Overall, the 32-year-old hits .227/.347/.511 with an .858 OPS. He smashed 27 homers and drove in 66 RBIs.


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