On Thursday, the Yankees begin a huge four-game series with the Boston Red Sox. Prior to the start of the series, the team is reportedly going to make a few roster moves.
According to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beat reporter DJ Eberle, Luis Cessa and Luke Voit will both join the big league club. As of now, the Yankees have not made an official announcement on the moves.
It is unclear as to what role Cessa will play when he rejoins the big league squad. With J.A. Happ currently dealing with hand, foot and mouth disease, the 23-year-old may be called upon to start Saturday’s game at Fenway Park.
With an understanding that he would be called up, the RailRiders limited Cessa to just one inning of work on Wednesday night. With newly-acquired Lance Lynn throwing 4.1 innings in relief in the series finale against Baltimore, the Bronx Bombers may need Cessa to fill in as a long reliever over the next few days.
In seven games with the big league club, Cessa has posted a 1-2 record with a 3.10 ERA. The right hander has pitched in a variety of roles for the Yankees, including three starts.
Just a few days prior to the trade deadline, the Yankees acquired Voit from the St. Louis Cardinals. The 27-year-old will likely make his Yankees debut at some point over the weekend.
Over 70 career big league games, Voit has posted a slash line of .240/.307/.432. Voit has had a lot of success at the Triple-A level this season, hitting .299 with nine home runs and 35 runs batted in for the Memphis Redbirds.
When speaking to reporters on Wednesday evening, Voit was asked to give a scouting report on himself. Here is the answer that the 27-year-old provided:
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Voit get some at-bats this weekend. The Yankees could use Voit against left-handed pitching, especially in a pinch hitter role off the bench. Boston is scheduled to throw two left-handed pitchers during the series, which makes it possible that we might see Voit get a start or two in the series.
The official roster moves to promote Cessa and Voit will most likely be announced on Thursday afternoon. The Bronx Pinstripes team will continue to update as more news and roster updates come along.