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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

Jordan Montgomery to undergo Tommy John, will miss rest of season

The New York Yankees announced today that left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. The procedure will knock Montgomery out for the remainder of this season, and likely all of next season as well. Montgomery, who pitched to a 3.62 ERA in six starts earlier this season, has been out since May 1st with an elbow strain.
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The Yankees originally hoped that TJ surgery could be avoided, as Montgomery was given a 6-8-week timetable when he first suffered the injury. Clearly something happened in the last month that made the Yankees feel that the procedure was now necessary.

Right-hander Domingo German has an 0-3 record and 6.10 ERA in five starts since replacing Montgomery in the starting rotation. The Yankees need him to step up until they eventually acquire a starting pitcher before the July 31st deadline.

While the Yankees were always expected to be in play for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline, that seems like a certainty now. According to Spotrac, the Yankees can take on $12 million more in salary without having to pay luxury tax.

Article by: Jake Graziano