Earlier this afternoon, the Yankees called up Luis Cessa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-hander is scheduled to make tonight’s start against the Tampa Bay Rays. As a corresponding move, the club reportedly designated reliever George Kontos for assignment.
Cessa, 26, has made eight appearances for the Yankees this season. That includes three starts. While in the rotation, he managed a 3.14 ERA over 14.1 innings. His peripherals left a lot to be desired, however, as he owned a 4.76 FIP over that span. Cessa didn’t strike many people out, and he had a bit of a home run problem. He made a start against the Rays on July 25th, allowing two runs over 5.1 innings. That’s fine enough, but Aaron Boone shouldn’t be afraid to use a quick hook with him.
The Yankees last saw Cessa when he made a mop-up appearance out of the bullpen at Fenway Park. That’s when the Red Sox pummeled him for five runs over 3.2 innings. Here’s hoping the starting pitcher version of Cessa shows up tonight, not whoever took the mound in Boston.
To make room on the roster, the club designated Kontos for assignment. The veteran reliever pitched well in his one Yankees appearance this season. He allowed one hit over 1.2 innings, striking out two in the process. It’s a little curious he gets chopped after a strong outing, while A.J. Cole remains in the bullpen. I guess the Yankees value that extra year of control, even though Cole looks cooked.