As the Yankees prepare to open their series in Oakland, they have made a series of roster moves involving pitchers.
CC Sabathia has officially been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. After making his MLB debut last night, the team optioned righty Ronald Herrera back to AA Trenton. To fill those roster spots, the team recalled right-handed pitchers Luis Cessa and Domingo Germán from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Erik Boland of Newsday Sports has reported that Cessa will get the start in Oakland on either Saturday or Sunday. At this point, the team has announced Masahiro Tanaka for Saturday, and no one for Sunday. The team will definitely consider pushing Tanaka back to Sunday to pitch on extra rest, and putting the spot starter in on Saturday.
Germán made his MLB debut June 10 with 2⅔ innings of scoreless relief. Cessa made the Yankees opening day roster in 2016, and pitched to a 4.35 ERA with the big club last season. He has made one appearance for the MLB club in 2017, allowing two runs in 3⅓ innings of mop-up relief.
Unfortunate news for the Yankees as rehabbing first baseman Greg Bird was shut down by the Yankees indefinitely.
“He called [trainer] Steve Donohue this morning and said the leg isn’t feeling right and not functioning right,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, per Boland. “So we’re pulling the plug and he’ll see Dr. Ahmad [on Friday].”
Cashman said that Bird fouled a ball off of his knee “in the last 10 days,” which may have served as a setback in his recovery from a bone bruise in his right ankle.
The Yankees are hoping to avoid the Mark Teixeira scenario with regards to Bird’s bone bruise. In 2015, when Bird burst onto the scene, Teixeira suffered a bone bruise that eventually was revealed to be a fracture after a third MRI.