The Oakland A’s were hoping to get Frankie Montas back once the All Star Break was over. That looks to be the case.
Montas had been slated to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, the results of which would determine the A’s path going forward. That session went as well as they could have hoped, with the A’s ace on track to return once the break is over.
Frankie Montas should be ready for Oakland A’s
His health is going to be of particular interest ahead of the trade deadline. Montas had lasted just one inning in his last start on July 3, landing on the Injured List due to shoulder inflammation. He had received a cortisone injection as part of his treatment which helped alleviate the discomfort, but still needed to get on a mound to determine when he could return.
At this point, his return appears as though it will be on Thursday. While the A’s are going to continue to monitor Montas to make certain that he does not have a setback over the coming days, there is plenty of optimism that he will be able to make that start.
There will be plenty of eyes on him when he does return. Montas is one of the top pitchers available at the trade deadline and should bring back a considerable haul to help restock the A’s system. But that depends on his health and how he looks in those games back.
At this point, Montas will get at least two outings before the deadline. He could make a third appearance, but the A’s may also opt to give him some extra rest in case of a trade. Such a move could even enhance his trade value as he could slot directly into the rotation of whichever team acquires him.
The Oakland A’s had hoped that Frankie Montas would be back after the All Star Break. Based on his bullpen session, all systems are go for Thursday.