A day after it was announced that Gerrit Cole had contracted COVID-19, we have another positive on our hands. Brian Cashman stated today that lefty starter Jordan Montgomery has tested positive for the virus.
That’s the Yankees’ two most reliable starters down in the span of 24 hours as the team’s latest outbreak appears to develop. The Yankees have been dogged by injuries, underperformance, and the virus all year, and that has continued even as they attempt to get their season on track.
Montgomery owns a 3.69 ERA and a 3.48 FIP on the year, and was slated to go against the Mariners later this week. Instead, the Yankees will have to deal with a rotation in tatters. With Cole and Montgomery out due to COVID, Domingo Germán on the IL with shoulder inflammation, and Luis Severino and Corey Kluber still on the mend, the club is down to Jameson Taillon as their most dependable arm. Nestor Cortes figures to play a role over the next week or two, as well as Luis Gil, who makes his debut tonight.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about this latest outbreak. We hope everyone in the clubhouse remains healthy, and that the Yankees can get through these next few series in one piece.
Update (4:10 pm EST): The Yankees have called up minor league right-handers Brody Koerner and Steven Ridings after these latest positives:
Aaron Boone says Steven Ridings and Brody Koerner have also been called up to add some depth in the #Yankees bullpen.— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) August 3, 2021
Koerner has a 2.95 ERA mostly working as a starter in Triple-A this year, while Ridings has a 1.24 ERA across two levels as a reliever.