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Yankees’ Frankie Montas drops a health bomb

September 16, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Frankie Montas (47) threw a ball in the first half against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Stadium. Mandatory credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Yankees acquired Frankie Montas from the Oakland Athletics, they thought he would be an integral part of their World Series campaign. Montas was stellar with Oakland before heading to the Bronx, hosting a 3.18 ERA, 3.20 xFIP, 9.37 strikeouts per nine, and 73.6% left on average across 104.2 innings pitched. He expected to fit right into the Yankees’ starting rotation and help them win games during the postseason, but was prematurely decommissioned with a shoulder problem.

In fact, Montas posted a 6.35 ERA over 39.2 innings pitched with the Yanks, definitely unexpected numbers that didn’t carry over from Oakland. Months later, the Yankees shut out Montas before spring training began, suggesting he would miss the majority of the 2023 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair his shoulder.

It wasn’t until Wednesday morning this week that Montas indicated he wasn’t 100% healthy after being acquired by the Yankees, which should certainly raise some questions about the team’s medical staff and the process they went through to confirm his health bill by the deadline. .

“He wasn’t 100%” when the Yankees acquired him. “I was trying to get going. I was traded to a new team and I wanted to show what I could do. It didn’t turn out the way I expected it to.”

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The Yankees were very sour about the Frankie Montas deal:

The fact that Frankie wasn’t at 100% and was still trying to overcome an injury is a huge concern, especially since the Bombers gave up one of their best prospects in the process. Now, it looks as if they gave them up for nothing as Montas will miss most of next season. He’s still bullish about his chances of making an appearance this year, perhaps in August, but who’s to say he won’t need weeks to get into full force and find his groove?

One way or another, the Yanks walked away from that deal on the wrong side, as general manager Brian Cashman once again tried to sell a player of great fame.

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