Nestor Cortes Deals While Tyler Hardman Delivers
New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes looked really good in his second rehab outing with Double-A Somerset Patriots on Friday night. He is making his way back to the Big League’s coming off rotator cuff inflammation.
Cortes gave up only two hits over four innings of work, striking out five on just 49 pitches. Cortes stressed that he felt great after the outing, and will try to hit 60 pitches before the Yankees make a determination moving forward.
Before going down with the rotator cuff injury, Cortes was 5-2 in 11 games with a 5.19 ERA. The Yankees could definitely use Cortes back in the rotation as they make a playoff push for one of the American League Wild Card slots.
Meanwhile, the Double-A Patriots continue to get incredible contributions from Tyler Hardman. Hardman went 6-for-6 with two homers and four RBI.
TYLER HARDMAN IS CRACKED.— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) July 29, 2023
With a two-run blast in the 8th, Hardman now has four hits and six RBI on the day, as well as the Minor League Baseball home run lead with 26🤯 pic.twitter.com/2g5QxfFkZe
Hardman now owns 26 homers making him the minor league leader in said category. He is also five home runs away from tying the club record for home runs in a single season.
His 55 RBI also lead the team. While he is hitting .236, one has to wonder how long before the Yankees promote Hardman to Triple-A.
Hardman wasn’t the only one having a great night for Somerset in a dominating 10-0 victory. Jeison Rosario went 3-for-3 with three runs scored; Jasson Dominguez had a two-run single; Trey Sweeney had an RBI single, and Elijah Dunham had an RBI double.
Nestor Cortes was NASTY in his second rehab start😤— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) July 29, 2023
4️⃣ IP | 0️⃣ R | 2️⃣ H | 5️⃣ K pic.twitter.com/Xr1YPecLW0
The Patriots and Bowie Bay Sox continue their series Saturday night at TD Bank Ballpark where fireworks will take place following the 7:05 game.
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