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New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes (hamstring) made his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays and didn't have a great time on the mound. Cortes allowed three hits (two home runs) and five earned runs while walking three and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings of work. Although it wasn't the outing he'd like to have had, the most important thing is that Cortes is healthy and on track to be ready for Opening Day, which is important for the Yankees' starting rotation with both Carlos Rodon and Frankie Montas already hurt. The 28-year-old southpaw's spring debut was delayed due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain that he suffered early in camp. Cortes isn't dominant in the strikeout department, but he remains a key piece of New York's 2023 rotation.
New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (wrist) is scheduled to catch on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. The backstop has been dealing with a right wrist sprain for over a week now and has been out of action since March 9. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Trevino hit .248 with 11 home runs last season, so he's not a great option for fantasy unless you're in AL-only or deeper leagues.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (biceps) could not throw as scheduled. Kahnle is battling biceps soreness, and it is unknown when he will throw next. Last week General Manager Brian Cashman indicated Kahnle was to begin the year on the injured list. The continued soreness for Kahnle could push the start of his season back even further. He was projected to be a key piece in the Yankee's bullpen, so hopefully, he can get on track soon. Kahnle pitched in just 13 games last season after missing most of 2020 and all of 2021, so it would be nice to see him healthy again at some point this year.
New York Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader (oblique) is "doing better than we anticipated," according to manager Aaron Boone. It's not a very detailed account by Boone, but that's to be expected with injuries, especially ones in their early stages, such as Bader's. Bader is said to be set to miss around six weeks with a left oblique strain, and this doesn't ensure the timeline has shortened any. Injuries have been a problem for Bader in his career, and another has cropped up in the early going of this year. Bader's timeline is late April or early May, so it won't cost him most of the season like last year when he played in just 86 games.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (forearm) threw on Friday and is said to be doing well. Rodon has been dealing with a mild forearm strain and was shut down from throwing since March 9. While he will start the season on the injured list, this is an encouraging sign in his rehab, which may last only a few more weeks. With injuries to Rodon and fellow starter Frankie Montas, the Yankees will likely depend on Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt to begin the season. Rodon still has an ADP of 57.3, and after a season in which he struck out 237 batters, the only thing holding him back from being a top fantasy arm is the injury.