Yanks send Jordan Montgomery to the minors to add bullpen help

Jordan Montgomery is headed to the minors, but Yankee fans have no reason to panic.

The rookie lefthander was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday in a procedural move to get the Yankees added bullpen help for the final two games before the All-Star break.

Montgomery has been a nice surprise this year for the Yankees, going 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 16 starts. He gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday night, pitching one-third of an inning after a 51-minute rain delay.

He and Luis Cessa were sent down while righthanders Ben Heller and Jonathan Holder were called up. Cessa was unavailable for the rest of the weekend, Joe Girardi said.

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Girardi said “we’ll see” when asked if Montgomery would get a start with Scranton to stay on turn, but he definitely will be back with the team when the Yankees begin the second half in Boston.

“He will slot in obviously when we come back,” Girardi said.

CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, who have already made their final starts before the break, aren’t available for relief duty in the final two games.

“That’s another reason we went for the bullpen arms,” Girardi said.

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