Frankie Montas says he wasn’t 100% healthy when he was traded to the Yankees

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Frankie Montas said he wasn’t “100 percent” healthy last year when he was traded to the New York Yankees and stressed he expects to pitch this season.

Montas is expected to miss at least the first half of this season after undergoing surgery last month on the labrum in his pitching shoulder. The right-hander told reporters Wednesday that he was trying to “push through” shoulder problems when he joined the Yankees last season after an Aug. 1 trade with the Oakland Athletics.

“I tried to push through,” Montas told reporters, according to “I was traded to a new team and wanted to show what I could do. Things didn’t go as I expected.”

Montas went 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in eight starts with the Yankees last season and did not pitch after Sept. 16 because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder. At the time of the trade with the A’s, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said New York was “comfortable with where he is shoulder-wise.”

Montas said Wednesday that he will resume throwing in nine to 10 weeks and will “definitely” pitch in 2023. The Yankees have not given a specific timetable for when the eight-year veteran will return.

With Montas sidelined, right-handers Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt compete for the No. 5 spot in New York’s starting rotation behind Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodon, Luis Severino and Nestor Cortes.

Montas, who turns 30 on March 21, went 5-12 with a 4.05 ERA in 27 starts last season with New York and Oakland.

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