There is a reason why righty Frankie Montas didn’t play to his standards when he joined the New York Yankees in a trade from the Oakland Athletics last August. According to the 29-year-old player, he “wasn’t 100%” at the time of the trade and was playing through a shoulder injury.
Montas started eight games for the Yankees in 2022 and had a 1-3 record with a 6.35 ERA before being shut down for the season.
“I was trying to push through,” Montas told reporters on Wednesday. “I got traded to a new team and wanted to show what I could do. Things didn’t go the way I was expecting.”
Montas underwent a procedure on his throwing shoulder in February and is now expected to miss at least the first part of the new MLB season. The Yankees didn’t offer any timetable on Montas’ return, but the player is optimistic that he’ll play in 2023 and expects to start throwing in nine or 10 weeks.
Frankie Montas started his career in the majors with the Chicago White Sox but spent the majority of his time in MLB with Oakland. He has a career record of 36–35 with a 3.90 ERA and 611 strikeouts.