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Wednesday, June 6, 2018


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If you’ve been clinging to injured Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery in a redraft league, hoping that he might return this month or next, it’s unfortunately time to abandon the ship.


Montgomery, who landed on the disabled list May 2 with what was originally called a left flexor strain, is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday. He will obviously miss the remainder of the 2018 season and probably won’t return to a major league mound until late 2019 -- or even possibly the beginning of the 2020 campaign.


The 25-year-old southpaw was 2-0 with a 3.62 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 27 1/3 innings (six starts) this season after earning American League Rookie of the Year votes in 2017 with a 9-7 record, 3.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 144/51 K/BB ratio in 29 starts covering 155 1/3 innings.


Domingo German has been filling Montgomery’s spot in the Yankees’ rotation and looked sharp in his first couple of outings, but the right-hander has a brutal 8.14 ERA over his last 21 innings.


Lindsey Adler of The Athletic suspects that left-hander Josh Rogers could get a try if German has another rough start. Rogers, a 23-year-old currently stationed at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, boasts a 2.90 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 267/57 K/BB ratio in 304 1/3 career minor league innings. He might have some appeal in deeper mixed fantasy leagues because of the good control and the high potential for wins on a team that ranked second overall in this week’s Rotoworld MLB Power Rankings.


It’s very likely that the Yankees will add a starting pitcher from the outside before the July 31 trade deadline. There have been unconfirmed rumors tying them to veteran left-hander Cole Hamels, who has rebounded this year in Texas. He has a 3.63 ERA and 9.3 K/9 through 12 starts this season, after finishing the 2017 campaign with a 4.20 ERA and a career-low 6.4 K/9. The 34-year-old is making $23.5 million in the final year of a seven-year, $159 million deal and he carries a $6 million buyout on his $20 million club option for 2019, but maybe the Rangers will eat some of that cash if it fetches them a better return package.



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Kang On The Way, Stash Him


Jung Ho Kang didn’t appear in a major league game last year -- and wasn’t even allowed in the United States -- after his third DUI arrest in Seoul, South Korea back in December 2016. But the 31-year-old infielder secured a visa in late April, spent around a month doing a mock spring training at the Pirates’ complex in Florida, and is suddenly looking like a worthy stash in mixed fantasy leagues.


Since going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his debut with the High-A Bradenton Marauders on Friday, Kang is 6-for-13 with two home runs, seven RBI, and four runs scored.


He has drawn five walks in four games, including two on Tuesday night.


Kang will probably see some action at Double-A Altoona and a little more at Triple-A Indianapolis before returning to the Pirates’ active roster, but that return is most definitely coming -- possibly by the middle of June -- and he is currently owned in just seven percent of Yahoo leagues. That’s too low for a guy who put up an .867 OPS with 21 home runs over 103 games in his last major league season and who carries position eligibility at both shortstop and third base.



Pomeranz To DL, Beeks To Debut


Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with left biceps tendinitis. He got lit up for four earned runs over five innings in his last outing Thursday against the Astros and apparently felt discomfort in his upper left arm during his between-starts bullpen session.


Taking his place in Boston’s rotation, at least temporarily, will be 24-year-old left-hander Jalen Beeks, who has registered an impressive 2.56 ERA, 0.976 WHIP, and 80/14 K/BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A Pawtucket. He’ll make his MLB debut on Thursday against the Tigers at Fenway Park, and there’s some mixed-league fantasy streaming appeal there given the matchup.


Beeks will likely be sent back down after the outing given how sharp Steven Wright looked on Tuesday night. The knuckleballer threw seven scoreless innings, scattering two hits and three walks, as the Red Sox rolled to a 6-0 victory. Wright now has a 1.57 ERA in 23 innings (one start, six relief appearances) since returning from his 15-game domestic violence suspension in mid-May.


If Pomeranz needs to miss more than one start -- which seems likely -- Wright should hold down the spot. And given Pomeranz’s struggles this season, that could become a more permanent thing.



National League Quick Hits: Nationals placed starter Jeremy Hellickson on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain … Madison Bumgarner (finger) allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings Tuesday in his season debut against the Diamondbacks … Justin Turner was held out of the Dodgers’ lineup on Tuesday against the Pirates due to wrist soreness … Alex Reyes is scheduled to get a second opinion on his strained right lat Wednesday from Dr. Anthony Romeo … Max Scherzer struck out 13 batters over eight innings Tuesday in a win over the Rays, pushing his record to 10-1 … Braves placed starter Julio Teheran on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb contusion … Ross Stripling held the Pirates off the scoreboard for five innings in the Dodgers’ victory on Tuesday … Kyle Barraclough retired all three batters he faced to notch the save for the Marlins on Tuesday in St. Louis … Sean Newcomb worked six scoreless innings Tuesday in the Braves’ rout of the Padres, lowering his season ERA to 2.49 … Eric Thames (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday … Addison Russell will undergo an MRI on his left middle finger … Johnny Cueto (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday … Sean Doolittle needed just seven pitches to notch his 15th save of the season Tuesday in a win over the Rays … Making his season debut, Anthony DeSclafani gave up four runs in five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rockies … Carlos Martinez (lat) was shaky in his return from the disabled list Tuesday, walking five and yielding two runs over just four frames in the Cardinals’ loss to the Marlins … Rich Hill (blister) was able to throw 60 of his 100 pitches with his left middle finger uncovered on Tuesday in a simulated game … Yu Darvish (triceps) played catch on Tuesday … J.P. Crawford (forearm) has moved his rehab assignment from High-A Clearwater to Triple-A Lehigh Valley … Matt Wieters (hamstring) played catch before Tuesday's game against the Rays … Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) is due to throw a bullpen session on Friday … Ryan Sherriff underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday … Reds released right-hander Kevin Shackelford.


American League Quick Hits: Rays placed starter Chris Archer on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain … J.D. Martinez smacked his major league-leading 20th home run -- a two-run shot -- in Tuesday's win over the Tigers … Andrew Heaney pitched the first complete game and first shutout of his career on Tuesday night against the Royals, yielding just one hit and one walk … James Paxton limited the Astros to one run in 7 2/3 innings to prevail Tuesday, moving to 5-1 on the season with a 2.95 ERA … Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays have discussed the possibility of promoting top third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo "within the next month” … Brian McCann (knee) expects to return from the disabled list this Friday … Corey Kluber spun seven frames of one-run ball, collecting seven strikeouts along the way, in the Indians’ win over the Brewers on Tuesday … Brad Brach turned in a hitless ninth inning for his ninth save Tuesday against the Mets … Indians optioned outfielder Bradley Zimmer to Triple-A Columbus … Miguel Andujar walloped his first career grand slam in Tuesday's victory over the Blue Jays … Darren O'Day (elbow) could come off the disabled list on Thursday … Andrelton Simmons left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a sprained right ankle … Matt Joyce (back) is hoping to return to the A’s lineup on Wednesday … Jeimer Candelario exited Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a jammed right middle finger … Albert Pujols is dealing with knee soreness and will be out of the Angels’ lineup until at least Friday … Zack Littell struggled in his major league debut Tuesday, giving up six runs and walking four in three innings against the White Sox … Paul Blackburn (forearm) is likely to join the Athletics' rotation sometime this week … Ervin Santana (finger) could resume throwing on Thursday … Daniel Gossett has been diagnosed with a right flexor strain and is expected to miss several weeks … Dustin Pedroia (knee) will resume baseball activities this week … Elvis Andrus (elbow) was able to make throws from shortstop to first base on Tuesday … Joe Mauer (concussion) went through another on-field workout on Tuesday afternoon … Brandon Guyer (neck) will be activated off the disabled list on Friday … Rangers released right-hander Tim Lincecum.




Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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