Boone Announces Starters for First Spring Games

We’ve got our first round of starting pitchers as the Grapefruit League begins action Saturday. Nestor Cortés will get the ball against Boston as the slate opens in Fort Myers, while Jonathan Loáisiga starts Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Cortés was in camp with Baltimore as a Rule 5 pick last spring, making six spring appearances and four regular season appearances before being returned to the Yankees on April 14. Cortés is likely to begin the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Loáisiga threw just one inning for the Yankees in 2018 Spring Training, before debuting June 15 and making nine appearances for the Bombers. Loáisiga will be an interesting pitcher to watch as the Yankee determine his role for 2018. He, too, could be ticketed for Triple-A, but could also be an intriguing multi-inning reliever for the big-league club.

Aaron Boone also mentioned that Miguel Andújar, Greg Bird, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres are among the position players who will make the trip to face the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

Five ‘Pens, Six Live BPs

The Yankees had 11 pitchers throwing Thursday, with five dealing just with a catcher and six others facing hitters.

Throwing bullpens: Domingo Acevedo, Zack Britton, Rex Brothers, Drew Hutchison and Trevor Stephan.

Throwing live to hitters: Domingo Germán, Chad Green, Joe Harvey, Adam Ottavino, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka.

Bird homered off Tanaka, and Troy Tulowitzki doubled off Paxton. Ottavino struck out each batter he faced: Torres, Gary Sánchez and Tyler Wade twice.

 

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