Yankees recall Luis Cessa, lose important reliever

The New York team has been dealing with a lot of injuries this season

Luis Cessa. AP

Luis Cessa. AP | AP

The Yankees will be missing a key piece to their bullpen for at least the next week and a half after placing right-hander Tommy Kahnle on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Monday) with right shoulder tendinitis.

New York recalled righty Luis Cessa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding move.

Kahnle, acquired in a deal that also brought Todd Frazier and David Robertson to the Yankees on July 19, 2017, recorded a 2.70 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings for New York last season.

The 28-year-old struggled to start 2018, allowing seven runs (five earned) in 7 1/3 frames, though he did strike out nine batters in the same span. It's Kahnle's fastball velocity that appeared to be the main culprit for his early-season woes; his four-seamer averaged 94.9 mph this year, nearly three mph slower than it did last season (97.8 mph).

Cessa, who turns 26 on April 25, has appeared in two games for the Yankees this season, allowing no runs in two innings of work with three strikeouts.

By Oliver Macklin |