Cessa signed a one-year, $895,000 deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
Cessa was a solid long reliever and primary pitcher for the Yankees in 2019, delivering a 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 75:31 K:BB over 81 innings. The 27-year-old figures to fill a low-leverage role again next season, assuming he cracks the season-opening roster.
Cessa is on the Yankees' ALDS roster.
Cessa was decent enough in 81 innings this season, posting a 4.11 ERA and a 21.9 percent strikeout rate. He'll fill a lower-leverage role if lower-leverage innings are needed this series.
Cessa was credited with the save in a three-inning appearance against Toronto on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Cessa was brought in with the Yankees leading by five runs in the seventh inning and closed out the win, throwing 30 of 43 pitches for strikes. He gave up a solo home run to Reese McGuire while striking out five of the 12 batters he faced. After shuffling between a starting role and the bullpen during his first three seasons, Cessa has been used exclusively as a reliever in 2019, compiling a 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 61:21 K:BB over 58.1 innings.
Cessa threw four scoreless innings in relief, allowing four hits with no walks and two strikeouts against the Red Sox on Sunday.
The 27-year-old entered after the Yankees gave up four runs in the first inning. Cessa didn't pitch long enough to earn the win, but his four scoreless innings were key to the comeback, which the Yankees completed in the seventh. With this performance, the 27-year-old dropped his ERA half a run. Cessa is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 41 innings this season.
Manager Aaron Boone named Cessa and Chance Adams as his main options to cover multiple innings out of the bullpen when opener Stephen Tarpley exits Sunday's game against the Red Sox in London, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Normal rotation members J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia are on hand in relief roles as well, but Boone seems inclined to steer away from the two pitchers in order to preserve them for starts later in the week. As a result, Cessa should be in line for a substantial role out of the bullpen after the Yankees needed seven relief pitchers to cover the final 8.1 innings of Saturday's 17-13 win. Over his last five appearances, Cessa has given up six runs (five earned) while striking out nine in 10 frames.
Cessa won't make his scheduled start Monday against the Orioles due to inclement weather.
Cessa was set to toss the first few innings of Monday's matchup, though he won't get a chance to do so after all. New York will play a doubleheader Wednesday to make up Monday's contest.
Cessa is slated to start Monday's game against the Orioles, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Jonathan Loaisiga had been listed as New York's probable starter for Monday, but it's unclear if an injury or a late change of heart by manager Aaron Boone resulted in Cessa getting the nod instead. In any case, Cessa likely won't deployed as a traditional starter, as he's maxed out at 3.1 innings and 61 pitches over his 11 outings. If Loaisiga is in fact available, it's still possible that he covers the bulk of the innings as a primary pitcher out of the bullpen.
Manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday that Cessa will begin the season out of the bullpen in a long-relief role, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Boone did mention the possibility of utilizing the opener strategy April 1 against the Tigers, and Cessa could be used as the primary pitcher should they go that route. The 26-year-old was in the mix for a rotation spot with Luis Severino (shoulder) and CC Sabathia (knee, chest, suspension) sidelined for the beginning of the season, but Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga will be called upon instead. Cessa showcased himself near perfectly in spring training with a 0.53 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 18:1 K:BB through 17 innings, but will nonetheless start the season in the bullpen.
Cessa will work in relief Tuesday with the Yankees using Chad Green as an opener in his place against the Rays, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Cessa was scheduled to start Tuesday, but Green will get the nod instead as the Yankees give the opener a shot against the team that made the role famous. Cessa should still get in as many innings as needed Tuesday, and remains on track to break camp with a spot in the Yankees' rotation.
Cessa is the leading candidate to open the year as the Yankees' fifth starter, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga are more exciting for fantasy purposes, but it is Cessa who has apparently been the most impressive so far in this competition with Luis Severino (shoulder) set to open the year on the injured list. Cessa has a 0.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13 innings this spring, and tossed four scoreless innings Thursday against the Blue Jays. Also working in Cessa's favor is that he is out of minor-league options. German will likely also open in the rotation, with CC Sabathia (knee, heart, suspension) likely to miss a couple weeks at the start of the season.
Cessa could spend much of the 2019 season in the bullpen, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Cessa primarily developed as a starter in the Yankees' farm system, but he's been used as both a starter and a reliever in the majors. With numerous veteran options ahead of him in the rotation pecking order, it seems like a forgone conclusion that Cessa will spend more time relieving than starting, though injuries certainly can change that outlook. The right-hander produced a 6.50 ERA and 6.5 K/9 in five starts last season (18 innings), compared to a 4.39 ERA and 8.8 K/9 in 26.2 relief innings.
Cessa (1-4) took the loss against the Red Sox on Sunday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits while recording only one out. He did not record a strikeout or walk a batter.
Cessa threw only 14 pitches to six batters as the Red Sox wasted little time showcasing their aggressiveness. The 26-year-old was unlikely to have an elongated outing regardless as the Yankees opted to use six relievers to get through the blowout, but it's a disappointing performance nonetheless. Cessa finishes the regular season with a 5.24 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 39:13 K:BB over 44.2 major-league innings.
Cessa will start Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Cessa will take the mound for Game 162 as the Yankees finish the regular season at Fenway Park. The 26-year-old has made four starts in the majors this season, allowing 10 runs on 19 hits and seven walks over 17.2 innings. Cessa has thrown more than 50 pitches only once in the last six weeks, so he is unlikely to have a traditional starter's pitch count.
Cessa tossed three scoreless innings Friday, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out four to pick up the save against the Blue Jays.
Cessa came on to begin the seventh inning after a quality start by Masahiro Tanaka and finished off the ballgame, sealing a 11-0 victory for the Yankees. Cessa owns a 4.93 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 31 strikeouts through 38.1 innings in the majors this season.
Cessa was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Cessa owns a solid 2.73 ERA across 26.1 innings with the RailRiders, though his 5.34 ERA across 30.1 innings with the Yankees leaves something to be desired. He'll provide bullpen depth down the stretch.
Cessa was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
As expected, Cessa will return to the minors after serving as the team's 26th man during Saturday's twin bill. The 26-year-old locked down a three-inning save in Game 1, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two. He should be back with the big club after rosters expand in September.
Cessa allowed three hits and a run while recording a three-inning save during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles. He struck out two and walked one in the 10-3 victory.
Cessa was added to the roster as the 26th man for the twin bill and ended up earning his first career save in unconventional fashion. The 26-year-old has a 5.34 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 30.1 innings with the Yankees this season.
Cessa will serve as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader against Baltimore, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Cessa will be on call as a long man out of the bullpen if J.A. Happ or Sonny Gray are chased from their starts. Across nine appearances (four starts) with the Yankees this year, Cessa has logged a 5.60 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with a 21:11 K:BB over 27.1 innings.
Cessa was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.
Cessa was sent back to the minors after his spot start Wednesday with CC Sabathia only expected to miss one turn through the rotation. The 26-year-old took the loss against the Rays, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks across 3.1 innings. He'll be an option to make a spot start or serve as a long reliever down the stretch.
Cessa was officially recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
As expected, Cessa will rejoin the Yankees rotation for Wednesday's start against Tampa Bay with CC Sabathia (knee) on the disabled list. Cessa's stay in the big leagues will likely be a short one since the club has a couple off days next week. Across eight appearances (three starts) this year, he's logged a 4.50 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
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