Report: Surgery A Possibility For Yankees Pitcher

The New York Yankees' rotation hasn't had the best of news to start spring training thus far. First, All-Star Nestor Cortes suffered a hamstring issue, and now comes word that surgery is "on the table" for Frankie Montas as they continue to try to figure out what to do next with his shoulder.

According to pitching coach Matt Blake, Montas is "going through the process with doctors" as he undergoes further testing on his right shoulder. Surgery is indeed a possibility.

The report back in January was that Montas was in line to miss the first month of the season due to the shoulder, but this is an ominous new development.

The injury first cropped up last July while he was with the Oakland A's, and he missed two weeks shortly before the trade deadline. But the Yankees didn't heed the warning signs, and dealt for Montas anyway. 

He made eight starts in Pinstripes, going 1-3, with a dreadful 6.35 ERA and 1.54 WHIP before his shoulder problems shut him down again after his Sept. 16th start. 

The Yankees will be looking at some alternate plans for the back end of the rotation. 

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