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Jordan Montgomery exits game with left elbow tightness

After tossing a quick, seven-pitch inning to open his start against the Astros on Tuesday night, Jordan Montgomery retreated to the clubhouse and Domingo German trotted in from the bullpen to take his place in the bottom of the second.

According to the Yankees, Montgomery left the game with left elbow tightness, and will return to New York to be examined by the team doctor.

Obviously, anything involving the elbow is cause for concern. Montgomery noticeably winced after his final pitch, and shook his arm as he walked back to the dugout.

The Yankees’ starting pitching has been shaky to begin the season, although they’ve gotten in a groove recently over the past two weeks or so. Should Montgomery miss a considerable amount of time, German is near the top of the list to fill in. Other names to keep an eye on include David Hale, Josh Rogers, A.J. Cole, Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield.

Entering play on Tuesday, Montgomery held a record of 2-0 this season, with a 3.76 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 26.1 innings pitched.