Yankees Injury Tracker: Frankie Montas has surgery, timeline set for when he can resume throwing
Here’s an up-to-date tracker on the Yankees‘ injuries…
Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m.
Starting pitcher Frankie Montas underwent surgery on his right labrum, but the procedure did not involve his rotator cuff. Montas can begin throwing again in 12 weeks, which would mean he won’t pick up a baseball until the end of May and then would still need to fully ramp back up.
Meanwhile, catcher Ben Rortvedt has been shut down for a month after he had surgery to address an aneurysm in an artery near his left shoulder.
Feb. 19, 10:45 a.m.
Nestor Cortes won’t pitch in the World Baseball Classic due to a hamstring injury, but will he be ready to go come the the start of the regular season?
The lefty was asked just that on Sunday morning, saying it’s a “possibility” that he’ll be ready for his first start.
“Yeah, I think it’s a possibility,” Cortes said. “The hamstring can be a little tricky sometimes, but I think we’ve done a good job of taking care of it and being on top of it every single day to be as ready as possible.”
Cortes threw off the mound on Friday, which was an earlier return to action than anticipated.
Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes returned to the mound in Tampa on Friday morning.
Aaron Boone and pitching coach Matt Blake looked on during the bullpen session.
As reported by SNY’s Andy Martino, the left-hander was originally scheduled to miss a few weeks of throwing off of a mound with a right hamstring tweak that kept him out of the World Baseball Classic.
Feb. 15, 1:10 p.m.
Aaron Boone announced that right-hander Frankie Montas will undergo shoulder surgery on Feb. 21, with the best-case scenario being that he returns “late in the season.”
“It’s been a couple different shutdowns where he was getting built up, and then he went out and saw [Dr. Neal ElAttrache] who cleared him to go again, he was building back up, and still wasn’t quite right, so went back and now we’ve gotten to the point where they’re going to go in,” Boone said. “They’ll scope it and then we’ll have a better idea of the timeframe once that happens on the 21st, and then hopefully he’s here a few days later.
“Best case is he would be back late in the season, but we’re really going to know a lot after the 21st.”
Montas, 29, was acquired in a midseason trade with the Oakland A’s last year, pitching to a 6.35 ERA in eight regular season starts for New York.
In brighter news, Boone said that he expects that Nestor Cortes will be ready for Opening Day. The lefty is dealing with a hamstring issue that will keep him out of the World Baseball Classic.
Boone also expects DJ LeMahieu to be ready for the season. The utility man dealt with a fractured toe for a good part of the 2022 season, but he did not end up having surgery.
Feb. 15, 12:20 p.m.
Yankees right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, who was already expected to miss the first month or so of the season due to a shoulder injury, might need surgery to correct the issue.
Montas is still undergoing testing on the shoulder, pitching coach Matt Blake told reporters on Wednesday, indicating that Montas is going through the process with doctors.
If Montas requires surgery, it is unclear what type of surgery it would be and how long he might be out.
Feb. 13, 1:25 p.m.
Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes will miss the upcoming World Baseball Classic after tweaking his right hamstring.
The left-hander said he has a grade 2 hamstring strain and will not throw off a mound for a few weeks (though he is still throwing on flat ground).
As far as a timetable for his return, Cortes is not ruling out the possibility of being ready for the first week of the regular season.
“It’s definitely doable to start the season off healthy and in the rotation,” he told reporters.
Cortes dealt with a groin injury in late August of last season, landing him on the IL, and then exited Game 4 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros due to a groin injury.
Source: Yahoo Sports