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Yankees place Nestor Cortes on injured list, promote Greg Weissert

The New York Yankees placed left-handed starting pitcher Nestor Cortes on the 15-day injured list with a Grade 2 left groin strain, the team announced Thursday.

In a corresponding move, the Yankees signed Greg Weissert to a Major League contract and selected him to the 26-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cortes spoke to the media following the team announcement and said he is not sure how much time he will miss, but he played catch on the field and did some running on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Cortes has been one of New York’s best starters, posting a 2.68 ERA with 133 strikeouts over 131 innings.

When Weissert appears in a game, it will be his Major League debut. The 27-year-old has pitched to a 1.76 ERA over 46 innings this season at the Triple-A level.

Right-hander Clarke Schmidt will likely slide into the rotation until Cortes returns.