Jordan Montgomery struck in head with batted ball in batting practice

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 19: New York Yankees Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch during a MLB game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees on July 19, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Twins defeated the Yankees 6-1. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)
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New York Yankees left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery was struck in the head by a batted ball while signing autographs during batting practice, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Montgomery sat on the bench for a few minutes holding a towel to his head before going down into the clubhouse, per Rosenthal.

Thankfully, per Joel Sherman, Montgomery is in uniform Saturday and is expected to make his scheduled start on Sunday.

The Yankees had just called Montgomery back up from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre to replace the injured CC Sabathia, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a knee injury.

The 24-year-old has been one of the biggest surprises for the Yankees this season.

He has gone 7-6 with a 4.08 ERA over his first 21 starts, allowing 108 hits while striking out 111 batters over 115.2 innings of work. His peripherals are also solid, as he owns a 3.95 FIP.

Montgomery, who played his college baseball at the University of South Carolina, was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft.

During his second year in the minors in 2015, Montgomery was very impressive, going 10-8 with a 2.95 ERA over 134.1 frames of action. He surrendered just 118 hits while registering 132 strikeouts.

The following season, he was even better, going 4-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 139.1 innings, giving up 122 hits while fanning 134 strikeouts.

The Yankees entered play on Sunday with a record of 61-53 and sat 3.5 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the American League East Division, but they currently hold the first Wild Card spot in the American League.

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