The Yankees will try to get Frankie Montas back in the playoffs. The right-hander said he is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, the exact same problem that sidelined him in July. Montas received a cortisone injection on Monday and will be sidelined for at least 10 days. Then he will have to go through a gradual growth. After Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates at Yankee Stadium, the Bombers have 15 days left in the regular season.

“I mean, I still want to come back and try to help the team in the playoffs,” Montas said before Tuesday night’s game. “You know, whenever I can.”

Nestor Cortez Jr., who took the ball in Tuesday night’s series opener against the Pirates, has been their most consistent starter this season, but beyond that, the Yankees have some questions in their rotation as they head into the playoffs . Gerrit Cole showed a tendency to give up home runs, Jameson Taillon struggled to retire hitters. Luis Severino returns healthy but hasn’t faced a major league team since July 13.

And now there is no guarantee of this Montas will be back in time.

“It’s definitely possible,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Montas’ return. “But we’ll just see how the recovery goes over the next week or 10 days. And then we’ll see where we are in terms of the calendar, how many pitches we can get him to, things like that.”

For now, Domingo Herman, who has been solid since coming off the injured list in mid-July, will return to the rotation in place of Montas.

Montas was sidelined for more than two weeks in July with A-grade shoulder inflammation and said he feels the same way this issue. He was sent for an MRI after he said he felt something during Monday night’s start in Milwaukee. That same night, he met with the team’s doctors. Montas said he also had a cortisone shot to treat the injury back in July.

“I was probably in a hurry,” Montas said of returning to make two starts with Oakland before the Yankees acquired him at the trade deadline.

Bombers pushed him to think he would be the No. 2 starter in the playoff series behind Gerrit Cole. He made just two starts after his initial IL stint in Oakland. In both starts, the Yankees had a scout looking for signs of injury.

Since coming to the Yankees, Montas was less than impressive. With a playoff rotation in mind, the Yankees acquired the righty at the trade deadline precisely because of his track record against the Stars and Rays. So far, he is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in eight starts with the Bombers.

Meanwhile, the Yankees will get a boost to their rotation if Severina can pick up where he left off after the two-month layoff.

After missing most of the past three seasons with injuries, Severino had a 3.45 ERA and a 5-3 record before suffering what he said was a mild lat strain in mid-July.

On August 2, Severin was sent to 60-day IL against his will. He was adamant that the patch strain could be processed in the usual 15 days. He has said repeatedly that he is unhappy with the Yankees sending him to the 60-day IL.

But he realizes that he is returning to a good time. He will have three starts to bulk up before the playoffs and stretch.

“I mean, I’ve been off 60 days, so yeah, I’m definitely fresh now,” Severino said of the unwanted layoff. “Now is the best time for me to come back. Montas is going, I don’t know if he will be out for a long time or a short time, but he has been a big part for us and for me, when I come back, I think it will be very good.”

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Matt Carpenter, who has been out since Aug. 9 with a broken foot, is expected to be re-evaluated and evaluated this week.

“He is scheduled for x-rays and scans this week. And then hopefully it shows enough healing where we can start to make progress, but I don’t know what day it is,” Boone said. “But it’s scheduled for this week.”

Carpenter’s left-hander has given the Bombers a big push and their second-half struggles coincide with him being injured.

Right-hander Scott Efros of Illinois was expected to go off the injured list Wednesday night with a sprained right shoulder.

Michael King, who is out for the season with a broken elbow, said he is scheduled for an MRI on his elbow Thursday. He was unable to straighten his elbow, so initial scans of the joint did not definitively show whether or not the ulnar collateral ligament was damaged.

“Four out of five doctors think it’s OK, but we do it just to make sure,” King said.

Any significant ligament damage would require King to undergo Tommy John surgery.

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