The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that Luis Cessa will start Monday night's series opener against the Orioles instead of Jonathan Loaisiga.
Loaisiga was placed on the injured list, retroactive to May 10, with a right rotator cuff strain and will be shut down for four weeks before he can begin throwing. RHP Chance Adams was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his roster spot. Loaisiga had a rough start last Wednesday against the Mariners, allowing four runs in four innings on six hits and two walks while striking out three.
That game is the last time Cessa pitched as he relieved Loaisiga and tossed three innings of one-run ball, allowing a solo home run among his three hits while striking out five.
Several of the Yankees beat reporters suggested that Cessa would be used as an opener Monday night, but that was before the Yankees announced Loaisiga's injury. Cessa could be asked to go as deep as he can.
Cessa has a 3.32 ERA in 11 appearances this season. Loaisiga, who's split time between Triple-A and the majors this season, has started in three of his four MLB appearances this season.