Dodgers News: Frankie Montas Is Already Throwing
Back on February 12, it was learned that Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed prospect Frankie Montas would be undergoing surgery to remove his right first rib after a stress fracture happened to it. The timetable put him out anywhere from two to four months, and it was the same procedure as Josh Beckett once had.
Well, the good news has already started to come along as it was learned today that Montas has already resumed throwing just shy of one month after the successful surgery. There’s still no word on when the flame-throwing right-hander would return to actual game duty, but this is great news with all things considered.
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From Ken Gurnick, Dodgers beat reporter for MLB dot com, on Twitter:
RHP Frankie Montas, who had rib surgery before camp opened, has resumed throwing.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 5, 2016
The soon-to-be 23-year old touches 100 MPH regularly during games, and sat at nearly 97 MPH over the course of his MLB stint last season. He also has a really, really good slider when used out of the bullpen, and that’s most likely what his future role will be going forward for the team.
Maybe there is some hope in the future that Montas could develop into the hard-throwing bridge in the 8th inning to get great closer Kenley Jansen the ball in the 9th inning in order to close games out for the Dodgers. That’s at least one way the team could go if Montas ever reaches his potential.
First, Montas will have to come back from rib surgery, and, at least for now, it sounds like he’s on the right track to do so. He’s only a few weeks removed from surgery and is already throwing again, so take this news as good news.
The righty started 23 games in Double-A last season and finished with a 2.97 ERA while striking out 108 batters in 112 innings. He projects as a back-end-of-the-rotation type or future reliever, as mentioned. The Dodgers acquired him from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team trade with the Cincinnati Reds this offseason.
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IF Montas turns out to be a solid end of game reliever then I would say the
trade for Peraza was a good one. Thompson looks to be a very good
defensive outfielder with a lot of potential but there is no room for
him this year unless there is a trade. The reports on Micah Johnson are
that he is not a good defensive infielder but can hit. The Dodger
rotation is full of ground ball pitchers so they need very good
defensive infielders. Plus they have Kendrick for 2 years.
After watching the game on Saturday…
will be interesting to see which Hatcher we get in the regular season.
The brilliant end of year Hatcher or the May June Hatcher. I think
Hatchers progress or lack there of will dictate how fast they rush
Anderson looked good and DeLeon was very impressive… That kid has star written all over him.