May 7, 2021

Pitchers battling for spots in Yankees’ rotation (New York Post)


Gerritt Cole can’t do it alone.

Following the devastating news that former ace Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2020 season — this, coming after it was announced that James Paxton will miss the start of the season because of back surgery — the Yankees will begin their chase for a long-awaited 28th World Series title without two starters expected to anchor the rotation.

Who can fill their spots?

Here’s a list of candidates:

Jordan Montgomery: The 27-year-old, 6-foot-6 southpaw had a strong 2017 rookie season, going 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA, but arm injuries — including Tommy John surgery — have limited him to seven starts the past two seasons.

Mike King: The 24-year-old, former 12th-round pick of the Marlins has pitched a total of two innings in the majors, coming in relief with the Yankees on Sept. 27. Acquired in a 2017 trade with Miami, the sinkerballer advanced from Class-A to Triple-A in less than two full seasons with the organization. He was sidelined for four months last season with an arm injury.

Luis Cessa: The right-hander has made a total of 86 appearances — including 19 starts — since making the Yankees’ 2016…

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