After the Yankees burned Luis Cessa, who was slated to start Saturday after they placed J.A. Happ on the disabled list, in Thursday's 15-7 loss, there's a chance (no pun intended) that Chance Adams could make his MLB debut this weekend against the Red Sox.
Given Cessa threw 51 pitches and allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, manager Aaron Boone told reporters he didn't think the Yankees' starting pitcher on Saturday was on the current 25-man roster.
And since Justus Sheffield pitched Thursday, that makes Adams, New York's No. 12 prospect who is currently scheduled to pitch this weekend for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, a likely option.
After a dominant 2017 season at the Double-A and Triple-A levels, the 23-year-old Adams has struggled mightily this season, going 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 21 starts with the RailRiders. In his last outing on Monday, though, he struck out eight batters in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
New York managed to bolster its rotation at the trade deadline by acquiring Lance Lynn and Happ, however its rotation has had more problems right now than at any point this season.
Thursday's starting pitcher, CC Sabathia, walked four batters and lasted just three innings, and after reliever Jonathan Holder didn't retire any of the seven batters he faced, it forced Boone to use Cessa, who has made three spot starts this season, in relief.
Earlier Thursday, Boone removed Sonny Gray from the rotation after he allowed a season-high seven runs in 2 2/3 innings, his third-shortest outing of the year, in favor of Lynn, who pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief of Gray on Wednesday.
Happ, who was originally slated to start Saturday, was placed on the DL earlier this week with hand, foot and mouth disease.
Sheffield, meanwhile, has flourished at the Triple-A level, going 5-3 with a 2.31 ERA in 14 games (13 starts), throwing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball on Thursday.
The Yankees, who own the second-best record in baseball, trail the Red Sox, who are 27-8 since June 21, by 6 1/2 games in the division heading into the final three games of a four-game series, and that deficit could get worse depending on their rotation woes.