Montgomery will start Tuesday's game against the Rays, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Montgomery will toe the rubber for Tuesday's series opener against the Rays after he was scratched from his original start over the weekend. With Montgomery pitching Tuesday, the Yankees could also send him out for a second start on Sunday (the final game of the regular season) if they aren't playing for anything meaningful, which would allow Luis Severino to be saved for the wild-card game. The rookie owns a respectable 4.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 136:49 K:BB through 144 innings (27 starts) this season.
Montgomery will start either Tuesday or Wednesday's game against the Rays, George A. King of the New York Post reports. Montgomery was originally slated to start Sunday before being scratched, and it wasn't immediately clear if he'd get another turn in the rotation before the season wrapped up. Though manager Joe Girardi didn't commit to the exact order, Montgomery would line up against the Rays either way. If he pitched Tuesday, though, the lefty could see a second start during the week on Sunday if the Yankees don't have anything meaningful to play for in the regular-season finale.
Montgomery (8-7) allowed no runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six across six innings to earn the victory Saturday against the Orioles. Montgomery silenced the Orioles bats while receiving a pair of three-run homers from the offense to help him earn his eighth victory of the campaign. He came into this contest having allowed nine earned runs over his last 12 innings covering three starts. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Montgomery is listed as the starter for Saturday's contest against the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Montgomery's previous outing against the Rangers on Sunday lasted just 3.1 innings, as the left-hander allowing three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four opposing batters. Although the 24-year-old doesn't seem to have a fleshed-out role within the New York rotation at the moment, this will mark his fourth start since Aug. 30, and he could potentially get a couple more nods throughout the rest of the regular season if manager Joe Girardi wants to keep the other members of the staff fresh. During his last three starts, Montgomery hasn't pitched beyond the fifth inning, and has compiled a 6.75 ERA and 1.83 WHIP during that span.
With the Yankees naming Jaime Garcia as their starter for Wednesday's game against the Rays, it's expected that Montgomery will move to the bullpen this week, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. The Yankees elected to bypass the struggling Garcia's two turns through the rotation last week, allowing Montgomery to pick up starts Sept. 4 and 10. As had been the case in his previous outings, Montgomery was held to a limited pitch count in both contests, and since the lefty wasn't particularly impressive in either, it appears Girardi is ready to give Garcia another trial in the rotation. With the Yankees making a concerted effort to manage the rookie's workload carefully in September, Montgomery may not see much usage the rest of the year, making him a drop candidate in most single-season formats.
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