The Yankees four-game series with the Boston Red Sox did not start the way the Bronx Bombers hoped it would.
With CC Sabathia only lasting three innings, the Yankees were forced to turn to the bullpen early. Jonathan Holder and Chad Green entered the game and struggled, leaving Aaron Boone with no choice but to bring in Luis Cessa.
Normally, using Cessa in a situation like the Yankees had isn’t a big deal. However, Cessa was scheduled to start Saturday’s contest, leaving the Bronx Bombers in a bind.
Prior to Friday night’s ballgame, the Yankees made a roster move to add a fresh arm to the bullpen.
The Yankees announced that Tommy Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In a corresponding move, Cessa was optioned back to Triple-A.
Kahnle started the season with the big league club, but struggled throughout his first eight appearances. On June 4, after a DL stint, the Yankees decided to option the right-hander to Triple-A in hopes that he would regain his form.
In 23 appearances for the RailRiders, the 28-year-old is 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA. He is expected to be at Fenway Park for the start of Friday night’s contest.
It is possible that Kahnle’s stay in the big leagues won’t last very long. Prior to Saturday’s game, the Yankees must make a roster spot to call-up Chance Adams, the team’s probable starter. The outcome of Friday night’s game should dictate the roster move that the organization decides to make.
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