The New York Yankees had a really good weekend series against the Boston Red Sox, taking two of three games in Yankee Stadium against their arch rivals.
On Sunday, however, they dropped the series finale, mainly because starter Jordan Montgomery wasn’t able to pitch effectively.
The southpaw struggled in a no-decision conceding three runs on four hits over his 3.1 innings of work.
He walked one and struck out four, so his control and swing-and-miss stuff wasn’t the reason they lost.
His command, however, could have been affected, after he was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Red Sox’s shortstop Xander Bogaerts in the first frame.
He was in obvious pain but was still able to complete three innings and start the fourth, so it was actually a valiant effort by a courageous pitcher.
The lefty generated seven swings-and-misses on his 58 pitches.
He Had Some Swelling, But The Yankees Say X-Rays Were Negative
The Yankees were worried about the state of his knee after he reported swelling after his start on Sunday night.
However, the Yankees have some good news to share.
Late at night, MLB.com’s beat writer for the Yankees Bryan Hoch wrote that: “Jordan Montgomery had X-rays, which were negative. Aaron Boone said that all preliminary indications for Montgomery are ‘encouraging.’”
Jordan Montgomery had X-rays, which were negative. Aaron Boone said that all preliminary indications for Montgomery are “encouraging.”
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 11, 2022
Negative X-rays are a good sign, and while in some cases an MRI is necessary to examine the full extent of an injury, the Yankees and the pitcher are both confident he will be able to make his next start, against the Orioles in Baltimore on Friday.
For a moment, the Yanks were afraid he may have needed some time off, but it appears Montgomery has dodged a bullet.