“I’m treating this year like 2017. I’m really going in there and fighting for a spot. I’ve been out for so long that I don’t really think I’m guaranteed anything,” Montgomery remarked on a season which saw him post a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie.
“I’ve just been working hard and just having the mentality to go out there and win it back and fight for it and earn it. So there’s where I’m at there, just doing everything I can to show up to spring prepared, strong and as ready as I can be,” Montgomery added on his preparation headed into spring training.
In addition, Montgomery noted his excitement of working with new pitching coach Matt Blake.
“I’ve been in touch with Matt and he’s been telling me some things that I can work on and some things that I can keep doing that I’m good at,” Montgomery said.
“He’s definitely smart and knows what he’s talking about so I’m excited to work with him,” Montgomery added.