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Montgomery set to battle for Yankees rotation spot

BRONX, N.Y. — He’s here and he will be sure to stay, (GUMBY!). Likewise, New York Yankees southpaw starter Jordan Montgomery is looking to reclaim his rotation spot in 2020.

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Montgomery hopped on MLB Network Radio and offered up his thoughts on what he needs to do to get back to his 2017 form.

“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.