Part 17 of a series of a series analyzing the New York Yankees
Jordan Montgomery made it back from June 2018 Tommy John surgery to make a pair of appearances last September and looked good this spring before MLB was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Yankees have plenty riding on Montgomery when — and if — this season ever gets underway, especially in the wake of Luis Severino being lost at least until early 2021 because of his own elbow surgery.
But beyond that, Montgomery is at the forefront of what could look like a much different starting staff in the near future.
With Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and perhaps J.A. Happ, if his vesting option kicks in, eligible for free agency following this season, the Yankees will have to fill out a staff behind Gerrit Cole.
There will be questions surrounding Severino coming off Tommy John, as well as about Domingo German, who still has to serve the rest of his suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence protocol last year.
Montgomery will also still have to prove himself due to the extensive amount of time he’s missed and the fact he has pitched just 186 ²/₃ innings in…