Yankees Receive Exciting Update on Nestor Cortes

The 29-year-old starting pitcher told reporters Friday that he expects to be ready for the regular season.

Aug 5, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA;  New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes (65) pitches in
Aug 5, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes (65) pitches in / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Yankees are looking to get back to the MLB postseason in 2024 after falling short last year with an 82-80 record. New York made a couple of splashes this offseason, acquiring star outfielder Juan Soto in a trade from the San Diego Padres and signing free-agent pitcher Marcus Stroman to a two-year deal.

However, for the Yankees to be contenders in the American League, they’ll need guys such as Nestor Cortes, Carlos Rodon, and Giancarlo Stanton to be healthy. 

Yankees News: Nestor Cortes Expects to be Ready For the Regular Season

Speaking of Cortes, New York fans received good news on Friday on the 29-year-old starting pitcher, who only made 12 starts in 2023 because of a shoulder strain. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Cortes is expected to be ready for the regular season and has been throwing since Dec. 3.

Hoch adds that Cortes is lined up to pitch in one of the Mexico City games next month, but it will depend on how well he bounces back.

The Yankees hope that the 29-year-old right-handed pitcher can stay healthy and look like the guy we saw in 2022. During that season, Cortes had a 12-4 record and a career-best 2.44 ERA en route to being named to the MLB All-Star Game. The right-handed starting pitcher also had a career-high 163 strikeouts and only gave up 38 walks in 158.1 innings (28 starts).

After an impressive 2022 season, Cortes only made 12 starts last season, with a 5-2 record and a 4.97 ERA. Nonetheless, if Cortes can return to his 2022 form and the Yankees get good starts from Gerrit Cole, Stroman, and Rodon, they’ll be tough to hit against this season.

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