Montgomery elected free agency Friday instead of accepting an outright assignment to the minors. Montgomery missed most of the 2020 campaign with a lat strain, throwing just 5.1 innings. After posting a 3.35 ERA from 2016 through 2018, he'll hit the open market as a 31-year-old who's managed a 4.95 ERA over the last two seasons.
Montgomery (lat) was activated off the 45-day injured list Wednesday. The left-hander landed on the shelf with the lat strain after making his season debut July 27, but he'll rejoin the active roster for the final few games of the season. According to Alec Lewis of The Athletic, Montgomery should work out of the bullpen and is built up to cover multiple innings.
Montgomery (lat) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Friday. Montgomery struggled in his only outing of the year before landing on the 10-day injured list with a strained lat in late July, The injury was evidently rather serious, as he'll now be out until very late in the season, if he returns at all.
Montgomery was placed on the injured list with a strained lat Tuesday. Montgomery's poor health could partially explain his poor season debut, in which he allowed five runs (three earned) in just two innings in a start against the Tigers. It's not clear when he's expected to return.
Montgomery allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits Monday while striking out one batter in the win over Detroit. He did not factor into the decision. Montgomery allowed all five runs in a brutal second frame, including a three-run blast from JaCoby Jones. Fortunately, the Royals caught fire at the plate, scoring 14 runs and preventing the 31-year-old from being tagged with a loss. Montgomery should take the mound again Sunday afternoon at home against the White Sox.
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