While all the hype is around the return of Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery has a chance to be an X-Factor.
Despite all the injuries they’ve endured the Yankees enter September in perfect shape. With the AL East virtually locked up, they can use the month of September to get healthy.
While the name in the starting rotation everyone is rightfully anxious about getting back is Luis Severino, there’s another Yankee starter on the way back that fans should not sleep on. Left-hander Jordan Montgomery will be taking the ball in a Triple-A rehab start this weekend indicating he is also near a return.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery last April, Montgomery is finally nearing a return to the Bronx. In his rookie season of 2017, the 6’6 lefty pitched to a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts. Before hitting the shelf last season, Montgomery went 2-0 with an ERA of 3.62 in six starts.
The tall left-hander has the potential to help the Yankees either in the rotation or the bullpen down the stretch and postseason. There’s even a chance he could take the postseason roster spot of J.A. Happ who has struggled throughout 2019 as his ERA sits well above five.
Regardless, Montgomery is a name to watch and could help the Yankees as much as any of the several players set to return from injury this month.