In order to add a fresh long-man into the bullpen, the New York Yankees have called-up right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa.
Cessa, who lost his bid for a rotation spot in spring training, posted a 1.54 ERA through four starts with the RailRiders while striking out 12 batters compared to nine walks.
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Last season, the 25-year-old surrendered 11 earned runs (5.30 ERA) and five homers in eight relief appearances.
To make room for Cessa on the 25-man roster, long man/emergency first baseman Bryan Mitchell will ride the Scranton shuttle and head over to PNC Field. In 11 relief appearances so far this season, the righty has let up eight earned runs including seven over his last two against the Baltimore Orioles.
We’re not quite sure if Mitchell will share first base time with Ji-Man Choi and Rob Refsnyder down in SWB, but something tells me the first Yankees pitcher to play another position since Ron Guidry played center on July 24, 1983, will be sticking to his mound duties.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) May 1, 2017