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Yankees option LHP Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A

Following Sunday's game in Cleveland, the Yankees optioned left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 24-year-old has made 21 starts for the Yankees this season, going 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA, and an MLB-leading 111 strikeouts among rookie hurlers.

Montgomery last pitched on August 5 against the Indians, and struck out seven batters while walking none over five innings of work. In 10 of his starts this season, Montgomery has lasted at least six innings, and in seven of those, he's surrendered no more than two earned runs.

The 6-foot-6 University of South Carolina product was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, and opened the season as the Yankees' fifth starter.

After the Yankees' recent deadline acquisitions of two starting pitchers, Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, Montgomery will rejoin the RailRiders for the time being likely until MLB rosters expand to 40 players on September 1.

In his minor league career, Montgomery owns a 25-14 record with a 2.57 ERA at all levels, and in six starts at Triple-A last year, went 5-1 with a 0.97 ERA.