Montgomery scratched from batting practice session due to back strain

Fan Confidence Poll: February 18th, 2013
The Yankees' other impending free agent

Via George King: Right-hander Mark Montgomery was scratched from yesterday’s live batting practice sessions due to a back strain. “I have been told it’s a 48-hour thing,’’ said Brian Cashman.

Montgomery, 22, is the Yankees’ top bullpen prospect. He’s pitched to a 1.65 ERA (1.43 FIP) in 92.2 innings since signing as the team’s 11th round pick in 2011, reaching Double-A Trenton late last summer. Montgomery, who has struck out 40% of the batters he’s faced as a pro, is slated to return to the Thunder when the season opens, but he figures to be in the big league mix by the second half. As long as the back strain is nothing serious, then no big deal.

Fan Confidence Poll: February 18th, 2013
The Yankees' other impending free agent
  • Countryclub


  • Havok9120

    Is this going to be The Year of the Poorly Defined Back Injury?

    Probably not.

  • ricky

    it begins.

    • JohnC

      you mean the fans’s panic and paranoia? That goes on all year

      • Youkales’ Mispelled Name


        • Havok9120

          Well said.

          • Cris Pengiucci

            And the only reasonable response.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    Normal early Spring Training tweaks, spasms and strains. Happens every year. Hopefully we’ll forget all about these when the real season gets into full swing.

  • jjyank

    Hopefully just a freak thing. Feel better Marky Mark. We’re gonna need guys like you if Mo retires and Joba signs elsewhere next year.

  • Actuallymissingtheboss

    Why do we now tend to say “pitch to x ERA” instead of just “have x ERA”? I don’t think the former is wrong or anything – it’s just longer… Carry on gentlemen. *slinks out back door*

  • Manny’s Banwagon

    Better backs than elbows and shoulders.

    • jjyank

      True that. Silver linings FTW!

  • trr

    Monty is an excellent prospect, a chance to be a an impact reliever.
    Hope this is nothing

    • Govin

      I’m really looking forward to seeing him pitch. I would be bummed if this delays him for a while.

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    This guy is going to be good.