Dan Cortes, whose right arm has shown promise - but whose spotty control has caused problems - is through pitching for the Seattle Mariners this season after breaking a bone in his right hand in an 'off-field incident.'
Cortes apparently hurt himself Thursday, was x-rayed Friday and diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal in his pitching hand. That will gake aproximaely three weeks to heal, after which Cortes will be free to pitch winter ball.
Just how Cortes hurt himself is a matter of intrigue. A teams spokesman could say only that Cortes was hurt during a 'non-baseball activity.'
Cortes, 24, was 0-2 with a 5.91 earned run average with Seattle this season, going 1-2 with a 5.08 ERA in Tacoma.