All eyes will be on the Oakland Athletics as their slated to be sellers ahead of August's trade deadline. Starting pitcher Frankie Montas is, reportedly, one of their top trade chips, but the 29-year-old has been sidelined since the beginning of July with shoulder soreness, leaving his trade availability up in the air.
Fortunately, the Athletics have good news to share about Montas. The Dominican hurler will participate in a bullpen session on Saturday, marking a big step in his rehab process. The hope is that he'll find his way back to the A's rotation soon after the MLB All-Star festivities.
Frankie Montas Injury Update
Earlier this week, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Athletics were hopeful that Montas could pitch this weekend against the Houston Astros. Unfortunately, his shoulder soreness was still too much of a concern, hence why things are being pushed back a bit.
Before his injury, Montas was one of the few bright spots in Oakland's largely uneventful campaign. While his 3-9 record is a product of his environment, he's managed to carve out a 3.26 ERA for himself while striking out 100 batters over 96.2 innings in 17 starts.
It isn't hard to see why contending teams would be interested in the righty's services either. It was only last season that he finished sixth in AL Cy Young voting and he has one more year under team control, making him much more than a deadline rental.
It'll be interesting to see if Montas can pick up from where he left off upon his return. Continued play will only help raise his trade value, potentially upping the quality of the return that the Athletics can get back for him.
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