Pitcher Frankie Montas is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Tulsa, and he’ll begin his assignment out of the bullpen.
The right-hander is continuing to work his way back from Feb. 12 rib resection surgery. He threw two innings Thursday in an extended spring training game at Camelback Ranch. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts relayed that Montas had good command, touched 100 mph with his fastball and “90-something” with his slider.
Because he’s on the 60-day disabled list, Montas can’t be activated from his rehab until June 3.
Montas can be optioned to the minor leagues, so it’s not guarantee that the Dodgers will add him to their 25-man roster as soon as he’s eligible. Whenever that time comes, will he start or relieve?
“I think that at this point we’re still building him up as far as his pitch count to give us the flexibility if we need a starter,” Roberts said. “We can always back him off a little bit. I assume he’s coming out of the pen to piggyback. I assume he’ll start the next game.”