Cessa and Justin Wilson were acquired by the Reds from the Yankees on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later.
Cessa last pitched for the Yankees on July 22 and picked up a hold with a scoreless frame, and he'll now be heading to a new team. The right-hander has a 2.82 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 31:17 K:BB over 38.1 innings, and he could step into a higher-leverage role given Cincinnati's immense bullpen struggles this season
Cessa (3-1) earned the win Tuesday against the Phillies after tossing 1.1 scoreless innings, walking two and fanning one.
Cessa might have allowed two baserunners, as he walked Bryce Harper in the fifth and Rhys Hoskins in the sixth, but he still got the job done while posting a second straight scoreless outing. The right-hander has been pitching at a high level over the last few weeks, going 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP across 17.1 innings in 12 outings since the beginning of June.
Cessa (1-1) lost Sunday at the hands of Boston, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk in the Yankees' 6-5 defeat.
Cessa came on for the 10th inning in a tie game and allowed a two-run single to Xander Bogaerts that ended up being the difference. The run was the first Cessa has allowed in six appearances as he remains a key member of the New York bullpen with a 3.09 ERA.
Cessa has allowed only one earned run across 7.2 innings this season while racking up a 12:5 K:BB.
The right-hander has issued five walks in the early going, but he has also racked up 12 strikeouts across 7.2 frames. That's a surprisingly high number given the fact that Cessa has never averaged a strikeout per inning in any of his five previous big-league seasons. He is primarily used in middle innings, so Cessa isn't a fantasy target despite his strong performance thus far.
Cessa has served up three home runs across 7.1 spring innings, and he has posted a 7.36 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB.
Cessa's K:BB ratio is promising, but he'll need to keep the ball in the park to have a successful season. The right-hander has had issues with the long ball in the past -- he registered a HR/9 of 1.56 or higher three times between 2016 and 2019 before improving to a 0.83 HR/9 last season.
Cessa agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 28-year-old reliever logged a career-best 3.32 ERA along with a 1.25 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 21.2 innings (16 appearances) last season. He should continue to work in low-to-mid-leverage situations in 2021.
Cessa earned the save in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Mets, retiring the only batter he faced via strikeout.
After the Yankees took a four-run lead on a grand slam by Gary Sanchez in the top of the eighth inning, Jonathan Holder allowed a run in the bottom of the frame. When the Mets subsequently loaded the bases, the Yankees summoned Cessa to get the final out. He worked a 3-2 count to Wilson Ramos before striking the pinch hitter out. The save was the fourth of Cessa's career and first this season. He isn't likely to get many additional chances given the presence of Aroldis Chapman on the roster.
The Yankees activated Cessa from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Phillies.
Cessa was revealed July 4 to have tested positive for COVID-19, but just days later, he declared himself asymptomatic. The workouts he missed while he was quarantining and waiting to clear MLB's COVID-19 protocol still prevented Cessa from cracking the Opening Day roster, but he's now had sufficient time to get ramped up. He'll assume a spot in the bullpen and should serve as a useful multi-inning option for the Yankees.
Cessa (illness) could be activated as soon as Tuesday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
Cessa remains on the COVID-19 injured list and has been working out at the Yankees' alternate training site in Scranton. He threw 40 pitches in a simulated game Saturday and should be back in the big leagues soon, where he's expected to fill a relief role.
Cessa (illness) threw a two-inning live batting practice session Saturday and is expected to rejoin the Yankees within the next few days, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Cessa missed most of summer camp due to a positive COVID-19 test, but he's now been back with the team for two weeks. He should be ready for a low-leverage relief role at some point next week.
Cessa (illness) unofficially tossed 24 pitches in a simulated game Sunday, facing eight batters and registering three strikeouts, per Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune.
Cessa remains on the COVID-19 injured list, though he cleared intake protocol over a week ago. Sunday's throwing session suggests that the right-hander is close to being ready to return to the big club, where he would likely handle low-leverage relief work.
Cessa remains on the COVID-19 injured list and is not part of the Yankees' initial 30-man roster.
Cessa returned to the team Saturday after clearing intake protocol, but he has yet to be removed from the injured list and is not part of the Opening Day bullpen. The right-hander threw a 31-pitch bullpen session Monday that reportedly went well, so he's likely close to being game-ready.
Cessa (not injury related) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session Monday, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Cessa missed the start of camp after testing positive for COVID-19, but he cleared intake protocol and reported to the team Saturday. He reportedly only experienced very mild symptoms while battling the coronavirus but was still able to run and do some throwing while recovering. With Opening Day set for Thursday, it's unclear whether he'll be ready for the start of the season, but he felt "great" following his first bullpen of camp. The right-hander tossed a career-high 81 innings over 43 appearances with the Yankees last season, posting a 4.11 ERA and 75:31 K:BB.
Cessa cleared intake protocol and returned to the Yankees on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Cessa had been on the 10-day injured list as a result of testing positive for COVID-19, but he has apparently submitted the pair of negative tests required to get back on the field. Given the fact that Opening Day is less than a week away and Cessa has yet to throw a pitch during summer camp, he is unlikely to be an option out of the Yankees' bullpen at the start of the campaign.
Cessa (illness) appears to be headed to New York to rejoin the Yankees, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Cessa was placed on the 10-day injured list July 8 as a result of testing positive for COVID-19, though he was reportedly asymptomatic. While the right-hander appears ready to rejoin the team, it's unclear when he'll be cleared to play. Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, manager Aaron Boone was noncommittal when discussing the timetables for Cessa and DJ LeMahieu (who has also been out as a result of testing positive for the coronavirus).
The Yankees placed Cessa (illness) on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Infielder DJ LeMahieu (illness) was also moved to the IL after both players were revealed last weekend to have tested positive for COVID-19. Cessa said Tuesday that he's asymptomatic and feels ready to resume training, but he'll still need to produce two negative test results before the Yankees clear him to return to summer camp.
Cess (illness) is now asymptomatic and "feels really good," but he must produce two negative COVID-19 test results before reporting to camp, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
The 28-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was showing mild symptoms, but he appears to be trending toward full clearance. Cessa has no official timetable for his arrival to camp, so his availability for the start of the season July 23 remains up in the air.
Cessa tested positive for COVID-19 and is illustrating mild symptoms, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old is absent for the start of summer training as a result and is self-isolating at home. Cessa will need to be clear of symptoms and produce two negative test results before being cleared to join the team, leaving his status up in the air with less than three weeks until Opening Day. The right-hander is expected to work out of the bullpen for the Yankees once healthy.
Cessa is expected to pitch out of the bullpen this season, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Cessa was mentioned by general manager Brian Cashman early in February as a potential starter in the absence of James Paxton (back) and Domingo German (suspension), but manager Aaron Boone indicated Tuesday that Cessa would pitch in relief. With a modest 4.50 career ERA and a 19.3 percent strikeout rate, Cessa probably isn't destined for high-leverage work.
Cessa is in discussions for the Yankees' fifth starter spot to begin the season, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
With James Paxton (back) and Domingo German (suspension) both out until at least May, the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation is open for competition. Cessa served as an occasional opener for New York in 2019, but he was primarily used out of the bullpen in a traditional relief role. The 27-year-old recorded a 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 75:31 K:BB across 81 innings overall last season. Cessa does have 19 starts on his four-season big-league resume, so experience wouldn't be an issue if he were called on to fill the role temporarily.
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