Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have signed reliever Hunter Strickland to a one-year deal.
Strickland, formerly with the Giants, missed a large chunk of time with a fractured hand. A hand, by the way, that he fractured by punching a door following a poor outing last June. He ended 2018 with a 3.97 ERA in 49 games but, over the course of his career he has been more valuable than that. Indeed, in five big league seasons he has a 2.91 ERA with 211 strikeouts in 226 innings.
Figure the Mariners will try to showcase him and flip him at the deadline if he has a bounce back year.
The Yankees placed Nestor Cortes on the 15-day injured list with a left rotator cuff strain that will sideline the left-hander for at least two starts.
The move is retroactive to Monday and Cortes will be shut down for at least 15 days.
After Tuesday’s game, Cortes said the shoulder has been bothering him between starts and more so after he pitched five innings May 30 in Seattle.
“I took two days off and when I got to LA and threw that first day, I didn’t feel right,” Cortes said Tuesday. “But it was first day coming back from pitching so I knew it was going to be nagging a little bit. So I waited a little bit.
“That second day in LA was when I said something because it felt like I had pitched yesterday. So I wasn’t recovering in time.”
Cortes is 5-2 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 starts and has particularly struggled later in outings. Opponents are hitting .447 when facing him for the third time in a game.
Last year, Cortes was an All-Star and went 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 28 starts.
Randy Vásquez was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to take Cortes’ spot in the rotation and will make his second career start in Thursday’s doubleheader. Vásquez made his major league debut May 26 against San Diego when the Yankees needed a starter because Domingo Germán was serving a 10-game suspension for using sticky substances.