Nestor Cortes’ workload is a factor in Yankees gun hunt as of deadline – New York Post | Gmx Pharm

The result of the Yankees’ 8-2 win over Kansas City on Saturday afternoon wasn’t factored in, but one of the reasons they’re on the hunt for another starting pitcher is the fact they’re keeping an eye on Nestor Cortes. innings

Manager Aaron Boone said he considered leaving the left-hander to start the sixth inning before deciding against it given Cortes’ workload.

“I thought about sending him back there,” Boone said, noting that the second batter after right-handed Hunter Dozier was left-swinging Vinny Pasquatino.

Ultimately, however, Boone decided to pull Cortes after 90 pitches.

“He had been working hard, it was a hot day [and] the innings [limit]’ Boone said. “Do I really want to push him through? [another] two hitters?”

He now has 106 ²/₃ innings, his highest tally in the majors. He pitched 115 innings in the minors in 2018 after pitching 21¹/₃ in Dominican Winter Ball that offseason.

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Cortes was solid again, allowing just two runs over five innings, taking his season ERA to a 2.53.

Now that Luis Castillo has been traded to Seattle — and will face the Yankees this week — her focus has turned to Oakland’s Frankie Montas as Tuesday’s trade deadline nears.


DJ LeMahieu smashes an RBI single in the fourth inning of the Yankees win.
DJ LeMahieu smashes an RBI single in the fourth inning of the Yankees win.
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DJ LeMahieu had three other hits, including his first leadoff homer of the season.

He has reached base multiple times in 16 of his last 19 starts.

“It’s remarkable,” Boone said of LeMahieu, who played first base on Saturday. “He comes so high on the base [rate].”

The manager also credited LeMahieu for taking advantage of hitting in front of Aaron Judge.

“He got results,” Boone said.


LeMahieu’s production has made up for Josh Donaldson’s recent slump.

Donaldson started third and went 0-4 with three strikeouts. He’s sunk in a 2-for-24 slump, with just a double and a walk in that stretch, and he’s called nine times.

He also hasn’t hit a home run since going deep for a third straight deep on July 9, a span of 56 plate appearances in 15 games.

As Yankees fan favorite Joey Gallo made his way out of the Bronx, Donaldson heard some boos after his third strike on Saturday.


Aaron Hicks’ struggles with the loaded bases resurfaced.

For a second game in a row, the outfielder came on with full bases. He had walked in the tie run on Friday night, but he finished a rally at the end of the first Saturday.

An out landed Hicks in a double play, the fifth of his career in this situation.
That dropped him to 9-for-62 with one homer, 16 walks and 14 strikeouts with loaded bases.


Andrew Benintendi has been third in the Royals’ lineup 21 times this season, but on a stronger Yankees offense it seemed unusual to see the left swinger, whose strength had waned in 2022, on the three-pointer on Saturday.

He went three times and added a sacrificial fly.

Boone said he was looking for some balance after LeMahieu and Judge with Anthony Rizzo out of the lineup against right-hander Jonathan Heasley.

“I feel like [Benintendi] fits into any location as naturally as any,” said Boone.


Giancarlo Stanton, still on the injured list with tendonitis in his left ankle, is not yet participating in baseball activities, but Boone said he’s feeling better. Without Stanton as DH, Judge started there for the second time in three games on Saturday. … Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached base twice, but his 15-game hit streak ended.


Boone attended the Classic Car Day ceremony before the game, wearing his #19 jersey from when he was a Yankees player in 2003.

Before the game he was asked who he would like to see on the mound if there is another vintage game in the future and he settled on Roger Clemens.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing Rocket up the hill,” Boone said. “Maybe not face him. He was a great teammate [and] enjoy playing and being around. The way he treated everyone and how upset he was every day. He was someone everyone liked to be around.”

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