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Bullpen Day Thrives, Yanks top Rays 4-1

Entering the last week of the regular season the Yankees opened a four-game set Monday night in the always dreaded trip to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees came into tonight sitting one and a half games (two in the loss column) above the Oakland A’s for home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game. Aaron Boone decided to go with a “bullpen day” tonight instead of giving the ball to a typical starter.

Tommy Kahnle to 10-day DL, Luis Cessa recalled

Prior to the series finale against the Marlins, the Yankees have placed Tommy Kahnle on the 10-day DL with right shoulder tendonitis. In response, the Yanks recalled right-handed journeyman Luis Cessa back up from Triple-A. 

 Kahnle had been struggling lately and overall this season including a noticed drop in velocity, which is now explained. In six outings accumulating 7.1 innings, the righty has a 6.14 ERA while giving up eight walks. His WHIP of 1.64 has concerned Yankee fans and the reason of his struggles has now came out.  Hopefully just a minor injury, Kahnle’s presence will certainly be missed in the already struggling bullpen. Cessa’s appeared in two outings in 2018 so far, not allowing a base runner across two innings. 

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Per Aaron Boone, Kahnle's initial test results came back clean so the team thinks this will be a short DL stint where hopefully just rest will get Kahnle back to form.

Article by: Spencer Schultz