TAMPA – Jordan Montgomery is unsure where he will fit into the Yankees' plans this season as they are set to start spring training with five starters.
But the 27-year-old, who returned from surgery on Tommy John in September, knows that if he stays healthy, he'll play a role in the Bronx at some point.
"Things always happen, the more weapons you have, the better," Montgomery said on Monday at the Yankees minor league complex. "I have to be ready."
Montgomery went 9: 7 at 5.88 ERA in 2017, but only started twice in 2018 before surgery and two missions were required last September.
Another arm that could affect their depth of rotation is Clarke Schmidt, who completed three levels last season in the first round of the Yankees 2017 and reached Double-A Trenton, where he achieved an ERA of 2 in 19 innings over three starts , 37 scored. It will be Schmidt's first time at the Major League Camp.
Schmidt was among the 19 non-squad players who were invited to spring training on Monday.
Domingo Acevedo and several other right-handers with extensive experience in the league were also invited: Dan Otero, Nick Tropeano and David Hale. Lefties Luis Avilan and Tyler Lyons have also been invited.
Otero, who turns 35 this month, has spent the past four seasons with Cleveland, while Avilan and Tropeano have also spent a lot of time in the majors, fighting for places in the bullpen.
The Yankees have also officially signed catchers Josh Thole, Chris Iannetta, Erik Kratz, Kellin Deglan and Wynston Sawyer.
The former Minnesota outfielder Zack Granite will be in the camp as well as INF / OF Rosell Herrera. Perspectives In addition to INF Chris Gittens and RHP Alexander Vizcaino, Trey Amburgey and Kyle Holder will also be at the camp.
The Yankees announced that they will open two new "social gathering locations" this season at Yankee Stadium on the 200th main level. The sections, one in the left and the other in the right field, are accessible to all fans with tickets anywhere in the stadium.