OAKLAND — Just as the Yankees were about to be whole, they took another hit — a big one. Nestor Cortes is going on the injured list with a groin injury.
The Yankees brought up Triple-A closer Greg Weissert to take his roster spot.
Cortes said he has a grade 2 strain of his left groin and he first felt it in the first inning of his last start on Sunday.
“I wrapped it after the third inning,” Cortes said. He explained he was able to continue pitching well for the next three innings because his muscles were already heated up. He felt it when he woke up Monday morning and went for an MRI.
Cortes is hopeful that this will be just a 15-day injury. He was able to throw at 120 feet and ran sprints on Thursday.
That news came just days after Cortes said he felt “great” following his last start. The 27-year old was asked because of the concern over his innings.
Cortes had thrown a career-high 131 innings, which was around the maximum number of innings the lefty said he had thrown in a season between spring training and pitching in winter ball.
Cortes has become the staff’s stalwart, posting a 2.68 ERA and a strikeout rate of 25.9% and and walk rate of 5.8%.
The Yankees pitching depth is really being challenged right now. Luis Severino is on the 60-day IL with what the Yankees said was a “minor” lat strain. Severino, who only pitched 27 innings over the previous three years, has said that he feels great. The Yankees had been managing his innings before he went on the IL with 86 innings pitched.
The Yankees placed him on the IL on the trade deadline day, allowing them to add Scott Effross, Lou Trivino and Frankie Montas to the 40-man roster. That was also when the Yankees traded away proven big league starter Jordan Montgomery and most of their high-level pitching prospects. They will face one of the best on Friday in lefty JP Sears.