One day after New York Yankees rookie Jordan Montgomery gave up just three hits and one run in five innings in a 2-1 Yankees victory at Cleveland, the left-hander was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
Since manager Joe Girardi does not intend to use a six-man rotation, Montgomery was the odd man out.
Montgomery, 24, had surprising success in spring training, earning him a spot in the rotation. He is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts, and he did not get a decision on Saturday, when he struck out seven and walked none. The only run he allowed the Indians came on a home run by Carlos Santana.
The Yankees have not publicly set an innings limitation for Montgomery, but he has thrown 115 2/3 innings this season. His career high as a pro was 152 last season in the minors, and that included postseason play.