Jordan Montgomery was dealt a crushing blow last season when it was revealed he would need Tommy John surgery. Ever since he underwent the procedure, he's been on a long and arduous road back to the majors.
But, even after a setback and shutdown earlier this summer, Monty suddenly seems to be getting along just fine. The New York Yankees southpaw dominated in a rehab start we didn't see coming on Sunday, firing two innings of no-hit baseball and spelling hope for his return to the Bronx.
He wasn't lacking control, either. He worked his way through the appearance by firing 13 of his 19 pitches for strikes, fanning two batters while walking none.
It can't be denied that there were high hopes for Montgomery prior to the injury. He finished sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting back in 2017, and in 2018, he posted an impressive 3.62 ERA through six starts.
Since then, his recovery has been rather hushed, but it's encouraging to see that he succeeded in his latest taste of pitching. It's possible that if he keeps this up, he could make it back to the team by mid-September.
Though he's still a bit of a way off from pitching at the MLB level, the Yankees and their fans simply can't wait to have him back. The starting rotation is filled with massive question marks both this year and beyond.
His impending return at the very least gives them a fresh arm to look forward to who could provide some quality innings down the stretch.