Yankees’ Nestor Cortes leaves do-or-die Game 4 with injury


Nestor Cortes left the New York Yankees’ do-or-die Game 4 with an injury in the third inning on Sunday.

Cortes was looked at by a trainer during his at bat against Jose Altuve, but he stayed in the game. However, when the next batter, Jeremy Peña, hit a three-run home run to tie the game, a trainer looked at home again and took him out.

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Cortes’ average fastball velocity was down almost three mph in the third inning as compared to the first and second.

Cortes had been the Yankees’ most consistent arm of the season. During the regular season, his 2.44 ERA was the best on the team and the 10th lowest in all of baseball (minimum 120 innings).

Entering Game 4, Cortes had allowed three earned runs in his two starts spanning 11.0 innings (2.70 ERA).Cortes was named an All Star for the first time this season after quite the roller coaster start to his career.

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A 36th round pick in 2013, he was designated for assignment by the Orioles in 2018, traded by the Yankees in 2019, and re-signed with them before the 2021 season.He then became a fan favorite as he pitched to a 2.90 ERA in 2021. Many weren’t sure if it was legit, but he proved it was with his All Star campaign this year.

The Yanks will now have to manage seven innings from the bullpen – and fight back from a 4-3 deficit – in order to live to see another day.

The Yankees did put up three runs early, but they have struggled immensely on offense this entire postseason, especially in this ALCS.

With the Yankees on the verge of being swept in the American League Championship Series, Nestor Cortes left the game with an injury in the third inning.

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