Frankie Montas out 4-8 weeks with (another) injured rib.

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PITTSBURGH — Dodgers pitcher Frankie Montas, who missed the first six weeks of the regular season while recovering from off-season rib surgery, has an injury to his second rib and won’t pitch for four to eight weeks. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of

Montas, 23, last pitched at Triple-A on June 15. He has a 2.38 earned-run average in four games (three starts) for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 11 ⅓ innings.

The injury, which the Dodgers are calling a “stress reaction,” ruled Montas out from starting today’s game in Pittsburgh. The Dodgers promoted right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch from Triple-A instead and designated outfielder Will Venable for assignment.

Montas had surgery to remove the first rib near his right shoulder in February. The injury to his second rib was considered minor at the time, according to Rosenthal, but evidently did not go away during his down time in spring training.

The Dodgers acquired Montas last December from the Chicago White Sox in December in the trade that brought Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson to Los Angeles and sent Scott Schebler, Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon to Cincinnati.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.