New York Yankees option Cessa, outright Robinson to Triple-A
In addition, the team's Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, announced that the Yankees have received LHP Nestor Cortes back from the Baltimore Orioles as a Rule 5 Draft return, and Cortes has been assigned to Trenton.
Cessa was called up on April 7 and made two relief appearances, throwing a scoreless inning in both. He was scheduled to start Saturday's game in Detroit, but with that game postponed to Sunday and then eventually postponed again due to rain, the Yankees, who will get CC Sabathia back from the disabled list prior to his next turn in the rotation, optioned Cessa once the games were rained out.
Robinson was called up by the Yankees on Tuesday, but then designated for assignment on Thursday when the team activated Aaron Hicks off the 10-day disabled list. He appeared in two games as a Yankee, going 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and one stolen base, and he was 2-for-8 with one walk, one RBI, one stolen base and one run scored in two games in Triple-A before being called up.
Cortes, 23, was the Yankees' 36th-round pick in 2013, and he was 25-14 with a 2.08 ERA in 84 career games (40 starts) as a Baby Bomber before being selected in the Rule 5 Draft last December. He made the Orioles out of Spring Training and appeared in four games, allowing four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings before being designated for assignment.
He takes the Trenton roster spot of RHP Domingo Acevedo, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a blister earlier this week, and Cortes' return also means that the Yankees have received back all four players who were selected in the Major-League phase of last winter's Rule 5 Draft.