The Oakland A’s can ill afford to have an injury to Frankie Montas. Not only is he their de facto ace this season, but he is also one of the most sought after players on the trade block. His flashes of brilliance with his ability to take the ball every fifth day, as well as his extra year of team control, will make him a top target for teams looking to reach the postseason.
Those hopes had taken a hit. Montas left his most recent start after one inning as he felt tightness in his shoulder. That had made it difficult for him to stretch out, resulting in his abbreviated outing. Nonetheless, Montas was set to undergo an MRI in order to find out if there was anything in his shoulder to be concerned about.
Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas day to day
Those results came back on Wednesday. Montas has inflammation in his shoulder but no structural damage. He has received a cortisone shot and is considered day to day, although a stint on the Injured List has yet to be ruled out.
Missing a start may be the best case scenario. That would give Montas some time to let his shoulder rest and to see if the cortisone shot worked. He would also have approximately three weeks before the deadline to prove that his shoulder is healthy and that he can make a difference down the stretch.
His health is going to be the biggest question. Montas has already built a track record that teams are familiar with. Even if he is not quite the same and struggles a bit, teams could be undeterred and still make that impressive offer the A’s are hoping for.
Frankie Montas is dealing with shoulder inflammation and could avoid a trip to the Injured List. That is all the Oakland A’s can hope for.