Yankees lose Frankie Montas to shoulder surgery, ‘best case’ would be return near end of season
New York Yankees right-hander Frankie Montas will soon undergo arthroscopic surgery for his troubling throwing shoulder, manager Aaron Boon told reporters at spring practice Wednesday. According to Boone, Montas has a chance to play in the upcoming season, but if he does, it will be at the end of the year. The operation is scheduled for February 21st.
Montaz struggled with shoulder inflammation early in the offseason, which led to the start of his throwing program late last month, and he hasn’t been able to progress as he had hoped.
The 29-year-old pitcher was acquired from the Oakland A’s in a six-player deal that was completed ahead of a deadline set last year. Montaz has struggled for eight starts with the Yankees in 2022 and has only played one inning in the postseason. Prior to that, however, he had enjoyed a breakout 2021 campaign with A’s, in which he finished sixth in AL Cy Young’s voting. Montaz and the Yankees recently agreed to a $7.5 million contract for the upcoming season. He should be a free agent this winter.
While the loss of Montas is a blow in terms of depth, he is unlikely to get past the New York rotation. The current rotation includes Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodon, Luis Severino, Nestor Cortes and Domingo Germán.