Yankees place Luis Cessa on 10-day DL, recall Caleb Smith from Triple-A
Cessa had been called up to start Monday's game against the Mets, but two batters into the fifth inning, he left after a pair of visits with the team's trainers, suffering from what manager Joe Girardi initially thought after the game might be a right rhomboid muscle issue in the upper back.
"It's closer to my neck, and I felt it throughout the game, but at the time it wasn't something that could prevent me from pitching at all," Cessa said following the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Mets. "But then once I hit the fifth inning, that's when it started to get a little worse, and Joe told me he was taking me out because he didn't want me to do something mechanically that would hurt it more."
Cessa had an MRI on Tuesday morning to determine the severity of any issue, and Girardi had vague results of that test in his pre-game press conference.
"He has a ribcage injury, but it is not an oblique. It inserts up here," Girardi said, pointing to an area on the back of his neck between his shoulders. "It's not like what (Aaron) Hicks had; there's a muscle there that connects the ribs, and that is the injury."
Cessa is now the third Yankees starter to be lost in a seven-day span, following CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka, who were both placed on the 10-day disabled list last week. Sabathia is eligible to return on Saturday, though, and when asked who might take Cessa's next scheduled turn (which also lines up for Saturday), the skipper said that "our hope is that we'll possibly have CC ready for when that turn comes around again."
Smith, 26, is a Yankee for the second time in three days; he was called up on Sunday (but did not pitch), was optioned to Triple-A Monday to make room for Cessa, and now is back. The lefty, who made his MLB debut earlier this season, is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in three games (two starts) in pinstripes, and 9-1 with a 2.47 ERA in 19 games (17 starts) in Triple-A.