LAKELAND, Fla. — Jordan Montgomery would have to get hurt at this point to not be part of a Yankees rotation that will be without James Paxton until at least May and won’t have Luis Severino for the entire season.
Not even giving up five runs and four homers in three innings of a 15-11 loss to the Tigers on Thursday at Joker Marchant Stadium dented Montgomery’s rotation chances.
“Yeah, I think he … what he’s shown us, where he’s at physically, how he’s throwing the ball coupled with his track record already,’’ Aaron Boone said when asked if Montgomery was a lock for a rotation spot. “This is a guy that’s already had a really strong big-league season under his belt. So I’m excited about where he is and feel like he’s very much solidifying himself.’’
Following a 9-7 season with a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie in 2017, Montgomery made six starts in 2018 and underwent Tommy John surgery in early June. Last year he made two appearances and worked four September innings.
Working against the same wind that was blowing strongly out to center and right-center, Montgomery gave up four of the nine homers the Tigers hit.