ST. LOUIS — Jordan Montgomery has settled into his new clubhouse quickly. The former Yankees lefty said that Matt Carpenter, who played most of his career here at Busch Stadium, called ahead and made it an easy transition for him, though there is still some shock over the Tuesday night trade.

“I still get a little surprised when I see myself in red,” Montgomery said with a laugh.

But the shock is wearing off and he’s starting to get a grasp on his new reality. While his teammates were effusive in praise for him as he left, GM Brian Cashman indicated that swapping Frankie Montas for Montgomery was an upgrade and indicated pretty clearly that the lefty wasn’t in the Bombers’ postseason plans.

Montgomery shrugged it off on Friday.

“If he thinks that, I don’t care.  I mean, obviously I’m in the talks (about the postseason) here,” Montgomery said. “So I’m excited to be wanted. And I’m a Cardinal now. I’ll do my best.”

The Yankees will get a very up-close and personal look at what they gave up on Saturday night when he pitches against his former teammates. In a trade that is still perplexing for how it weakened the Bombers’ pitching depth, they sent Montgomery to St. Louis for Harrison Bader, a tremendous defense center fielder who is on the injured list and in a walking boot for at least another week.

“I still don’t really think I’ve ever performed the way I should here,” a shocked Montgomery said Tuesday night. “I am a lot better player than I’ve ever shown, but I think I was consistent and definitely worked my hardest.”

The fact is, however, despite running into a rough stretch his last few outings, Montgomery had been a fairly solid starter for the Yankees. The 29-year-old homegrown lefty pitched to a 3.94 ERA over six seasons in the big leagues. This season, Montgomery was pitching to a 3-3 record because of poor run support and a 3.69 ERA over 114.2 innings. The lefty’s numbers were a little deceptive, however, as his xERA 4.14 indicates some very positive luck.

Dealing Montgomery removed the final piece of the Yankees’ pitching depth insurance. While the Yankees made it clear they felt like they could trade Montgomery because he would not be in their postseason rotation after they acquired Frankie Montas, it leaves them with a rotation already showing signs of wear.

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Source:: The Mercury News


Yankees see Jordan Montgomery Saturday, and could be missing him in October

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