The Yankees had a few internal options to fill the rotation void, such as Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield. Manager Aaron Boone said that Cessa’s experience played a factor in the decision to insert him in the rotation.
Asked why Luis Cessa instead of Justus Sheffield to replace CC Sabathia, Boone mentioned experience. #Yankees
Cessa has made four starts for the Yankees this season, posting a 1-2 record with a 3.14 ERA during those outings. The 26-year-old has made eight total appearances so far this season for the Yankees.
It is unclear how long Cessa will actually stay in the Yankees rotation. With two upcoming off days, it is possible that the Yankees can alter their rotation to where Sabathia only misses one start. Of course, the Yankees plans depend on how Sabathia’s health.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees announced that they have designated George Kontos for assignment.
Kontos was was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB Draft. The Yankees recently re-acquired Kontos in a trade with the Cleveland Indians.
Since returning to the organization, the 33-year-old only made one appearance for the big league club. The Yankees are hoping that Kontos clears waivers so they can find a way to keep him within the organization.