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Phillies president Montgomery takes medical leave

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Updated: 8/28 4:53 pm

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Philadelphia Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery is taking a medical leave of absence while he continues to recover from jaw cancer surgery, the team announced Thursday.

Montgomery, who has management authority over the team as a general partner, underwent surgery on May 19.

Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, who has been acting as a senior advisor to current GM Ruben Amaro Jr., will assume Montgomery's duties.

Gillick said in a statement he is "glad to be of assistance" in Montgomery's absence and looks forward to him returning.

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