A few hours after putting Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder, fellow starter Jordan Montgomery was hit in the right ear while signing autographs down the right-field seats during the Red Sox batting practice Saturday afternoon.
Sandy Leon hit a ball that struck Montgomery, who is slated to start in CC Sabathia’s place Sunday night against the Red Sox. Sabathia went on the DL Friday with a right knee injury.
Montgomery, who had blood on the ear, was assisted to the dugout but said after the 10-5 loss that he could have navigated the walk without help. Montgomery went through the concussion protocol with the Yankees’ medical staff and was deemed healthy enough to start Sunday, though he will be examined in the morning.
“It was just a freak accident. I’m all right. Just got a bruise, so I’ll be alright. It’s just my ear,’’ Montgomery said.
Montgomery was asked what the concussion protocol was about.
“They just asked me a bunch of questions, did all the eye stuff … [Asking] what day it is, who we’re playing.’’
Since a protective screen was between Montgomery and the field he felt protected.
“I was behind the net. I mean, it’s a one-in-a-million chance it curves over it like that, so whatever,’’ said Montgomery, who said he won’t be signing while hitters are taking BP again.
During the first inning the Yankees announced Montgomery was seen by the team’s medical staff, was in uniform for the game and is scheduled to make his start Sunday.
Montgomery, 24, is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts, was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last Sunday when the Yankees went from a temporary six-man rotation to five.
“He was just standing here, signing autographs, and a ball was hit and curved around the cage and hit him in the ear. He did not see it at all,’’ Brad Fryer said of Montgomery.”He was a little shaken up.”
Fellow autograph seeker Alex Laskin watched Montgomery leave the field.
“Someone then walked him into the dugout. He walked right in to the dugout. He was covering his ear. It was hit very hard,’’ Laskin said.
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Source : https://nypost.com/2017/08/12/jordan-montgomery-struck-in-the-head-during-batting-practice/