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A’s Montas showing positive signs, will make his next scheduled start

A’s Montas showing positive signs, will make his next scheduled start

By Jesus Cano Correspondent

OAKLAND — Things are heading in the right direction for A’s starter Frankie Montas, who reported no troubles a day after returning to the mound after dealing with shoulder inflammation.

Montas was feeling “normal post-pitching soreness,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay told reporters before Friday night’s series opener against Texas.  Kotsay said his right-hander, who is a hot trade commodity, is “good to go” for his next start before the Aug. 2 deadline.

The A’s, however, haven’t yet listed a starting pitcher for any of the games in their three-game series at home against Houston beginning Monday.

Pitching for the first time since leaving his start on July 3 after just one inning because of a shoulder issue, Montas went three innings against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. He was pulled after throwing 53 pitches and striking out five batters. Montas’ fastball on Thursday floated around 96-97 mph to begin the game and hovered around 94 mph.

He didn’t get a decision in Oakland’s 5-0 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.

Scouts across the league were in attendance Thursday to see how the 29-year-old Montas would fare in his return. As one of the more appealing starting pitchers available on the market, the expectation is that Montas will be dealt.

Source: Paradise Post

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