Ahead of Game 2 of the 2017 Subway Series, the New York Yankees announced three roster moves.
Injuries require roster moves and on Tuesday afternoon, the New York Yankees were forced to make three roster moves prior to their matchup with the Mets at Yankee Stadium.
New York announced that right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa was placed on the disabled list with a ribcage injury. He threw 66 pitches during Monday’s Subway Series opener win and was removed because of what Joe Girardi called a rhomboid issue.
Taking his spot on the roster will be rookie lefty Caleb Smith, who the Yankees’ announced was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Smith is 8-1 with a 2.82 ERA across 19 starts in the minors this season and has surrendered eight runs in three games (two starts) with the Yankees.
Cessa joins CC Sabathia (knee) and Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) on the DL leaving Smith and right-hander Bryan Mitchell as potential options for a short-term rotation fix behind Luis Severino, Sonny Gray, Jaime Garcia and Jordan Montgomery.
The third roster move involves a young backstop who appeared in nine games for the Yankees this season. Kyle Higashioka (back) will begin his minor league rehab assignment in Short-Season Pulaski.
Higashioka got hurt just two games after heading back to the minors from New York and has been out of action since June. In 13 games with the RailRiders this season, he owns a .286/.340/.490 slash line and two home runs.
If catching depth ever becomes a need down the stretch, look for Higashioka to provide just that for Girardi.