Montgomery will compete for a rotation spot in spring training, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. General manager Jerry Dipoto did add that Montgomery could be moved to the bullpen, and considering his emphasis on acquiring starting pitching so far this offseason, that's the likely plan barring injury. The Mariners traded for Nate Karns a few weeks ago and brought in Wade Miley from the Red Sox on Monday. Montgomery put himself on the map last season by posting a 1.62 ERA in his first six starts, but faltered down the stretch, allowing 21 runs in his final 19.2 innings.
The Mariners sent pitcher Mike Montgomery down to Triple-A on Sunday, reports the Seattle Times. Montgomery went 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 16 starts this season. Meanwhile, the team called up pitcher Mayckol Guaipe, who produced a 7.50 ERA over 12 innings earlier this season.
The struggles for Mariners rookie left-hander Mike Montgomery continued on Tuesday against the A's. Montgomery lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He did not factor in the final decision however, as the Mariners' bats rallied to bail him out in the 6-5 victory. Montgomery gave up a run in the first inning, before allowing four to cross in the second inning--including a two-run home run by Marcus Semien. Montgomery has been rather dreadful lately, going 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA over his last seven starts.
Mariners rookie starter Mike Montgomery has generally been either very good or very bad this season. He was mediocre Wednesday, which at least comes as a refreshing change. It wasn't good enough for him to win, but it was different. Montgomery allowed three runs on four hits in six innings in falling to Texas. He walked four and struck out three. The southpaw rebounded nicely from a terrible first inning in which he allowed a hit-by-pitch, walk and three singles, including a two-run job by Elvis Andrus. He yielded at least one baserunner in every inning thereafter, but no runs. Montgomery performed far better against the Rangers than he did in his previous two outings, when he surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits in 6 1/3 innings. But he not won any of his last eight starts and his ERA now stands at 4.16.
Mariners pitcher Mike Montgomery dropped to 4-5 on the year, after giving up a season-high nine runs to Boston on Friday. Montgomery surrendered a season-high 10 hits in a season-low 2 1/3 innings. He matched the number of runs he'd surrendered in his first seven starts of the year.