On Tuesday, the New York Yankees activated one of their trade deadline additions from the injured list and lost another due to injury. The team announced that New York had activated Harrison Bader ahead of their streak with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition, Frankie Montas was on the 15-Day Injury List with an inflamed shoulder..
Montas told reporters including ESPN, the injury is similar to the shoulder inflammation that sidelined him (but didn’t put him on the injured list) during a game at the Oakland Athletics in July. He received a shot of cortisone and hopes to return in time to start the regular season. Montas can’t be activated until September 30, when the Yankees have six days and seven games left in the season.
In eight starts with the Yankees, Montas has a 6.35 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. He failed to complete four innings after betting on a 5-0 lead on Friday and then reported post-game discomfort. The Yankees traded for Montas with the idea that he would be their second starter in the postseason behind Gerrit Cole. Now he is not guaranteed a place in the postseason squad.
As for Bader, he was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for left-hander Jordan Montgomery at the deadline. Bader was on the injured list at the time of the trade (he hadn’t played since June 26 with plantar fasciitis), though it’s clear the Yankees love his center field defense and are willing to wait. Meanwhile, Montgomery has a 2.35 ERA in nine starts with St. Louis.
The Yankees come out Tuesday in first place in East Alabama with an 88-58 record. Their magic number for promotion to the division is 11, and their magic number for promotion to the playoffs is four.