Corey Kluber took another big step on Monday, one that landed him on the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw live batting practice before the Yankees hosted the Orioles.
"I thought it went really well," manager Aaron Boone said. "I think he ended up throwing 22 pitches. All his pitches. The breaking ball, from the side, looked like the Corey Kluber breaking ball where he got some swings and misses. So I thought another really positive step. I know he felt good coming out of it, so we’ll see."
Kluber (right shoulder strain) has not pitched since May 25, one start after he threw a no-hitter against Texas. The Yankees hope to get Kluber and/or Luis Severino back by September.
The Yankees weren’t even sure if Jameson Taillon would last until July after he missed most of the previous two seasons with injuries. But the righty was named AL pitcher of the month for July after going 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA in five starts.
"It’s a big month for him, and the first time he’s won the award," Gerrit Cole said. "So give him a big hug and congratulations today. Obviously well deserved. The numbers speak for themselves."
Urshela goes on IL
Gio Urshela had an MRI that showed a left hamstring strain between Grades 1-2 and will be placed on the 10-day injured list, Boone said. An MRI on Domingo German showed a "low-grade [right] rotator cuff strain,’’ Boone said, and the righthander will not throw for seven to 10 days. German already is on the IL . . . Giancarlo Stanton started in rightfield, his third outfield start in four days after not having played there since 2019. Aaron Judge was the designated hitter . . . DJ LeMahieu returned to the lineup. In a nod to his sore right triceps, he started at second and Rougned Odor made his first career start at third.