Back on February 12, it was learned that Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed prospect Frankie Montas would be undergoing surgery to remove his right first rib after a stress fracture happened to it. The timetable put him out anywhere from two to four months, and it was the same procedure as Josh Beckett once had.
Well, the good news has already started to come along as it was learned today that Montas has already resumed throwing just shy of one month after the successful surgery. There’s still no word on when the flame-throwing right-hander would return to actual game duty, but this is great news with all things considered.
From Ken Gurnick, Dodgers beat reporter for MLB dot com, on Twitter:
RHP Frankie Montas, who had rib surgery before camp opened, has resumed throwing.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 5, 2016
The soon-to-be 23-year old touches 100 MPH regularly during games, and sat at nearly 97 MPH over the course of his MLB stint last season. He also has a really, really good slider when used out of the bullpen, and that’s most likely what his future role will be going forward for the team.
Maybe there is some hope in the future that Montas could develop into the hard-throwing bridge in the 8th inning to get great closer Kenley Jansen the ball in the 9th inning in order to close games out for the Dodgers. That’s at least one way the team could go if Montas ever reaches his potential.
First, Montas will have to come back from rib surgery, and, at least for now, it sounds like he’s on the right track to do so. He’s only a few weeks removed from surgery and is already throwing again, so take this news as good news.
The righty started 23 games in Double-A last season and finished with a 2.97 ERA while striking out 108 batters in 112 innings. He projects as a back-end-of-the-rotation type or future reliever, as mentioned. The Dodgers acquired him from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team trade with the Cincinnati Reds this offseason.