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Top Nestor Cortes News

  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Expects to be ready for Opening Day

    Cortes (shoulder) said Friday that he expects to be ready for Opening Day, Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News reports.

    Cortes missed a large chunk of the 2023 season with a left shoulder strain. He noted Friday that he'd had trouble getting over the hump with his shoulder earlier this offseason while throwing on his own, but once he shifted his rehab to the Yankees' spring training complex in December, things have been trending up. Cortes is tentatively lined up to pitch one of the Yankees' exhibition games in Mexico City on March 24-25.

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  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Throwing off mound without issue

    Cortes (shoulder) said Thursday that he's already thrown four live batting practice sessions this spring, YES Network reports.

    A left rotator cuff strain limited Cortes to just 12 starts last season, with the last one coming in early August. He's been throwing for most of the offseason, though, and it doesn't appear he'll face any restrictions during spring training. A healthy Cortes and Carlos Rodon would go a long way in stabilizing the Yankees' rotation.

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  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Set to earn $4 million in 2024

    Cortes (shoulder) signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Yankees on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Cortes was limited to only 12 starts and 63.1 innings during 2023 due to a shoulder injury. Though he finished the year with a 4.97 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, he still maintained an impressive 17.7 K-BB% and should get better results in 2024 if he can stay healthy.

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  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Begins throwing program

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Cortes (shoulder) recently began a throwing program and is doing well, Brendan Kuty of The Athletic reports.

    Cortes was limited to only 12 starts this season due to a left shoulder issue, making his last appearance in mid-August. An extended period of rest has evidently done him some good, and he hopes to head into spring training without any physical limitations.

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  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Shifts to 60-day IL

    Cortes (shoulder) was transferred from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Tuesday, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.

    The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of waiver claim Luke Weaver. Though Cortes is expected to resume throwing soon while he recovers from a left rotator cuff strain, the Yankees' decision to move him to the 60-day injured list officially ends his 2023 season. Cortes made just 12 starts for the Yankees this season, posting a 4.97 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 63.1 innings.

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  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Unlikely to return this season

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Cortes (shoulder) will start a throwing program soon but isn't expected to return to game action this season, MLB.com reports.

    Cortes has been on the injured list since Aug. 11 due to a left rotator cuff strain. Boone indicated the southpaw will resume throwing this weekend, so he appears to be improving in his recovery, but the Yankees skipper also said that Cortes' season is likely over. If that's the case, Cortes will finish 2023 with a 4.97 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 67:20 K:BB and 5-2 record over 63.1 innings covering 12 starts.

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  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Shut down until mid-September

    Cortes (shoulder) said Friday he will be shut down from throwing for about a month, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

    Cortes was surprisingly placed on the 15-day injured list Friday with a left rotator cuff strain. He missed all of June and July with a shoulder injury, so this is a pretty ominous setback as it pertains to his availability for the rest of the regular season. Cortes could resume a throwing program in mid-September, but he would likely need at least one simulated game or rehab start before rejoining the big-league rotation. He struck out eight and allowed one hit and one walk over four innings in his Aug. 5 start against Houston.

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  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Back to IL with rotator cuff strain

    Cortes was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday, retroactive to Aug. 8, with a left rotator cuff strain.

    Cortes just returned this past Saturday from a two-month absence due to a left shoulder strain and struck out eight of the 14 batters he faced in a strong four-inning start against the Astros. His shoulder is apparently still an issue, however, and the 28-year-old southpaw will be shut down from throwing for another month, per Brendan Kuty of The Athletic. This could wind up being a season-ending setback. Jhony Brito has been called up in a corresponding move and will presumably start in Cortes' place this weekend in Miami.

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  • Yankees' Nestor Cortes: Fans eight in return to rotation

    Cortes did not factor into the decision Saturday, allowing one run on one hit and one walk over four innings against Houston. He struck out eight.

    Cortes walked Jose Altuve to open the game before striking out the side, all swinging, to get out of the inning. The lefty would then give up a solo home run to Altuve in the third, though it was the only hit he allowed over his four innings of work while posting a season-high eight strikeouts. Cortes even struck out the side in order before heading to the bench. He's now fanned at least five batters in each of his last four starts. The Yankees certainly have to feel good about what they saw out of Cortes in his return to the rotation following the shoulder injury.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Surgidero de Batabano, Cuba
Age: 29
Experience: 4
Bats/Throws: R, L