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Yankees Title Nestor Cortes Their 2024 MLB Opening Day Starter Amid Gerrit Cole Damage

Erin Walsh March 15, 2024 Adam Hunger/Getty Images The New York Yankees have their Opening Day starter. Nestor Cortes will take the mound when the Yankees open the season on March 28 against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. The news comes as ace Gerrit Cole is dealing with

Yankees Title Nestor Cortes Their 2024 MLB Opening Day Starter Amid Gerrit Cole Damage

Erin WalshMarch 15, 2024

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 5: Nestor Cortes #65 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium on August 5, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

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The New York Yankees have their Opening Day starter.

Nestor Cortes will take the mound when the Yankees open the season on March 28 towards the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, in line with MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

The information comes as ace Gerrit Cole is coping with an elbow harm.

Cole has constantly been New York’s Opening Day starter since signing a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees forward of the 2020 marketing campaign.

Nonetheless, the reigning American League Cy Younger winner is predicted to be sidelined for one to 2 months as a consequence of his elbow ailment.

Cortes, who has had a tough spring, turns into the primary left-handed pitcher to begin an Opening Day for the Yankees since CC Sabathia in 2014. He has began three video games for the Pinstripes throughout spring coaching, permitting 9 runs on 17 hits and two walks throughout 10 innings.

The 29-year-old is coming off a 2023 season by which he posted a 5-2 document, 4.97 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 63.1 innings throughout 12 begins.

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The Yankees can be hoping Cortes can shake off the rust on Opening Day towards a tricky Astros squad aiming to make the World Sequence for the third time within the final 4 seasons.

Cole, in the meantime, is assembly with esteemed sports activities surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles to additional assess his elbow harm, in line with Mark W. Sanchez and Jon Heyman of the New York Submit.

The 33-year-old’s preliminary scans didn’t reveal a UCL tear, however ElAttrache advisable that he be seen in individual, Sanchez and Heyman added.

Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone told reporters Monday that considerations about Cole’s elbow arose when he instructed the group he was experiencing restoration points and issue bouncing again between begins.

Cole pitched two innings and threw 39 pitches on March 1 however hasn’t appeared in a spring coaching recreation since.

“All the energy testing they do has been good,” Boone mentioned. “His stuff and his command has been actually good in his outings. He is simply having a tough time getting that fifth or sixth day. He isn’t recovering like he is accustomed to.”

With Cole out of the rotation, the Yankees are anticipated to depend on a gaggle headlined by Cortes, Carlos Rodón, Marcus Stroman and Clarke Schmidt to open the yr.

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