5:12pm ET: During a radio interview this afternoon, Aaron Boone said Montgomery is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a flexor tendon strain. He won’t throw at all the next 2-3 weeks. Montgomery is not out of the woods yet, but all things considered, the initial news could’ve been worse.
3:26pm ET: As expected, the Yankees placed left-hander Jordan Montgomery on the 10-day DL today. He has been diagnosed with a left elbow strain, the team announced, though they did not say anything about the severity of the strain. I imagine we’ll hear more later today.
Montgomery left last night’s start with elbow tightness and went for tests today.
A strain may indicate the ulnar collateral ligament has been compromised to some degree. Minor strains can be rehabbed fairly quickly, even in as little as two or three weeks, whereas a severe strain requires Tommy John surgery. The severity of a strain is the big unknown here.
Update: I’m a dolt. The Yankees announced an elbow strain, not a sprain. That one letter makes a big difference! A sprain would apply to the elbow ligament. A strain, which is what Montgomery has, indicates an injury to the muscle or tendon. Pretty big difference. We’ll see what the Yankees say later today. Sprains can be bad, but at least it appears Montgomery’s ligament is sound.
With Montgomery out for at least ten days, the Yankees are expected to use Domingo German in his rotation spot. German tossed four gutsy and scoreless innings in long relief last night. Thanks to off-days, the Yankees will only need their fifth starter twice in the next 22 days. That’s convenient.
In corresponding moves, David Hale has been called up and Jacoby Ellsbury has been transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot. Hale was re-signed to a new minor league contract yesterday and he was set to rejoin Triple-A Scranton. Now he’ll replace German as a long reliever.