Remember when the Marlins pummeled the Yankees 9-1 and Luis Cessa exited the game with an oblique strain? Two months later, he has finally recovered. Just in time for another Yankees reliever to hit the disabled list.
Prior to today’s game, the Yankees announced that they activated Cessa, and placed A.J. Cole on the disabled list with a left neck strain. Cole pitched well after joining the team towards the end of April (0.69 ERA, 10.4 K/9), but the Yankees seemingly forgot he existed in June. Before Tuesday’s two innings against the Mariners, Cole hadn’t pitched in a game since May 28th. He also only made two appearances after the Yankees sent down Ronald Torreyes, despite the team’s insistence that they needed to carry 13 pitchers.
Cessa has never pitched particularly well with the Yankees, but he could be a candidate to make some spot starts now that he is back. He surrendered two runs off of three hits across four innings before he was placed on the disabled list. The right-hander finished his rehab assignment with a 3.18 ERA, 7.9 K/9, and 6.4 BB/9 over five and two-thirds innings.