Néstor Cortés, left-handed starter for the New York Yankees, maintains his recovery from an injury after suffering a sprain to his left rotator cuffkeeping him out of action in these last months of the Major League regular season with the New York organization.
But the Yankees could lose Cortés for the rest of the season and manager Aaron Boone himself was a bit clear with reporters when asked about the possibility of him returning from the injured list before the end of the calendar.
“I would say not”said manager Aaron Boone. “Never say Never”. “You never know where this season will end up. “First things first, you are ready to begin your release program and are in line to do so based on how the last few weeks have gone.” Boone finished saying.
The 28-year-old player has become one of the Yankees’ most reliable arms, taking an important position in the starting rotation, thanks to his increased level from the mound.
Until the time of his injury, he made 12 starts this season with an ERA of 4.97, WHIP of 1.25 and 67 strikeouts in 63.1 innings.. Notably, he’s a far cry from Cortes’ All-Star effort in 2022, when he finished with a 2.44 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 158.1 innings.
It is expected that Yankees management will not rush his return in any way. After all, he is in last place in the American League East at 69-69 and is simply running down the chain in what has become a lost season.
Injuries are partially to blame, but the New York Yankees are arguably the most disappointing team at least in the American League this year. The return of Cortés for a pointless start or two in late September would do nothing to change that reality.
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