The Athletics ran into a bit of trouble during the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Pirates. Right-hander Frankie Montas worked a full count against leadoff batter Adam Frazier in the bottom of the inning, then watched as his 97.9-m.p.h. fastball was returned to the left field corner. Khris Davis tracked the ball into the stands, but immediately winced after making an over-the-railing grab.
While it didn’t look like a particularly strenuous move, replay revealed that Davis’ hip had made hard contact with the railing moments before he caught the ball. He remained on the field as Montas finished off the inning, but was later replaced by Chad Pinder in the second.
Following his removal, the club diagnosed the left fielder with a left hip contusion. There’s no word yet on the extent of the damage or whether he’ll require a stint on the injured list.
The A’s currently trail the Pirates 1-0 in the fifth.
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.