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August 31, 2020 10:04 AM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Notches first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 5, 2020 11:12 AM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Brought back from IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 3, 2020 02:44 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Ready to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 1, 2020 06:12 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Expected to return soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 27, 2020 06:52 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Throws sim game Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 23, 2020 04:40 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Not on Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 20, 2020 03:36 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Tosses bullpen Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 18, 2020 03:40 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Back with Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 17, 2020 02:56 AM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Makes way to New York
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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, 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).

July 8, 2020 11:52 AM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Shifts to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 7, 2020 11:28 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Free of symptoms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

July 4, 2020 07:28 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Tests positive for coronavirus
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cessa tested positive for COVID-19 and is illustrating mild symptoms, Bryan Hoch of 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.

February 25, 2020 01:28 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Expected to fill bullpen role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cessa is expected to pitch out of the bullpen this season, Bryan Hoch of 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.

February 6, 2020 10:56 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Could fill open rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cessa is in discussions for the Yankees' fifth starter spot to begin the season, Bryan Hoch of 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.

January 10, 2020 03:40 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Avoids arbitration with Yanks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 4, 2019 01:56 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: On ALDS roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 9, 2019 10:20 AM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Notches first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 1, 2019 11:20 AM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Pitches four scoreless frames
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 30, 2019 09:28 AM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Providing length behind opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 13, 2019 09:00 PM
Yankees' Luis Cessa: Game postponed due to weather
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Last 7 Games
10/07vs TBL 4-81.01111
10/05@ TBW 9-31.00011
09/29@ CLEW 12-32.02111
09/23@ TORL 1-141.14311
09/20@ BOSL 2-102.01021
09/18@ BOSW 6-51.12011
09/11vs BALW 10-11.01000
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