In a rather surprising move, the New York Yankees optioned Jordan Montgomery to the alternative training site. This is potentially temporary as he could see himself in the rotation soon or at least on the taxi squad.
He could be starting at the alternative training site in a move to give the Yankees more hitters or bullpen arms. When they are ready for him to pitch, they could option someone to make room for him in the rotation. But on the other hand, the team did keep Michael King on the roster, and he could wind up moving into the rotation instead of Montgomery.
I’m sure it’s disappointing for Montgomery after his strong spring and summer training camps, and for what he’s overcome with Tommy John surgery. He missed the better part of two years from surgery rehab.
Many other moves were made on Tuesday. The team signed David Hale, Luis Avilan, and Chris Ianetta to the 40-man roster and added them to the Opening Day roster.
The team also optioned the following players to the alternative training site along with Montgomery:
All these players will continue to stay active, practice and develop. These players can also be called up to the roster at any time. Some of them are already on the 40-man, while others would have to be added.
The Yankees will open the season carrying 30 men, but must cut down to 26 a month into the season. The team will also have to cut down to 28 men after two weeks.