LOS ANGELES – The key component of an offseason trade by the Los Angeles Dodgers might be ready for the big leagues soon.
Right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, one of three players acquired in a Dec. 16, 2015 trade between the Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds.
On Sunday, the team announced that Montas had been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and was immediately optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City where he has been since May 30, on a rehab assignment.
Montas had rib relocation surgery in spring training and started the season on the 60-day disabled list. The hard throwing right-hander can reach triple digits on the radar gun and has been pitching in the minor leagues since May 22.
Montas allowed just two runs on eight hits in 12 innings with 18 strikeouts and two walks in six appearances between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A OKC over the past few weeks and is expected to start again on Wednesday morning against Omaha.
Montas' reinstating means he is officially on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, which currently consists of 39 players. If he continues on his pace in the minor leagues, Montas could be an option to make the Dodgers starting rotation or a role in the bullpen if need be.