Cortez takes diligent approach to injury recovery
NEW YORK — Yankees southpaw Nestor Cortez is nearly three weeks after a left groin injury Said he was still recovering.
Cortez, injured in Game 4 The American League Championship Series against the Astros began rehab last week. year olds work every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He believes he is close to recovery, but there are still bruises in the area.
“I walk very well. I think I can jog, but we It’s been very slow,” said Cortez, who attended the Lou Gehrig Legacy Gala at Chelsea Piers on Monday night. “Last time, we were a little too fast. I hurt it.”
Cortez has been around since late August In dealing with injuries, he was placed on -day IL. The disease still plagued him when the playoffs began, as the Yankees played against the guards in the AL division series. In Game 2, Cortez used his groin to warm up and pitched a five-inning two-pointer in a Yankees loss with no decision.
After four days, Cortez returned to the mound after three days of rest , “Put on my big boy pants,” played five solid innings to help the Yankees reach Game 5 and advance to the ALCS.
The next time he pitches is in Game 4 against Houston During the game, an injury forced him to leave the field early.
“My groin just passed. I didn’t Feeling any pain. I didn’t feel any discomfort, but I knew my stuff wasn’t there,” Cortez said. “My velo was off. My stuff wasn’t there. …I tried to fight through it. I thought I was good enough to be competitive.”
“Being healthy for most of the season has helped me Fulfilled the potential I had,” Cortez said. “With the help of a strength coach, they found where I was lacking movement, where I was lacking flexibility. With that help, I was able to create more speed. The speed that has skyrocketed for me this year has helped me achieve success Hopefully from here [starting], I can continue to increase my speed. I feel like I have more.”