Orioles sign Dan Straily

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The Orioles have signed righty Dan Straily to a major league contract. He’ll make $575,000 and will get $250,000 if he’s traded.

Which he will be if he’s effective, one suspects, as the Orioles have two objectives for veterans at this point: eat innings so young arms who have a future here do not have to and bring back a prospect in a trade if you have a nice couple of months. The “couple of months” thing may be easier said than done for Straily given that he’s a flyball pitcher and is now in the AL East, but a job is better than no job.

Straily started 23 games for the Marlins last year, posting a 4.12 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 99/52 in 122.1 innings. He has averaged 1.5 homers per nine innings pitched for the past three seasons running which ain’t great. But see above what I said about a job being better than no job.

Yanks place Nestor Cortes on 15-day injured list with left rotator cuff strain

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The Yankees placed Nestor Cortes on the 15-day injured list Thursday 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.