The Yankees have sorted out their starting rotation for the beginning of the season.
Domingo German has earned a spot in the rotation while Luis Cessa made the club has a long reliever. Jonathan Loaisiga was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday because CC Sabathia will begin the season on the 25-man roster so he can serve his five-game suspension from last season, but Loaisiga likely will be called up for Game 6 when Sabathia goes on the injured list, Aaron Boone told reporters.
Boone didn't rule out using an opener on April 1 when the fifth spot in the rotation comes up. After that, Loaisiga probably will take Sabathia's spot in the rotation until he can return while German takes the spot of Luis Severino, who might not return until May as he works his way back from rotator cuff inflammation.
Those plans would mean the recently signed Gio Gonzalez won't get a crack at the rotation to begin the season. Gonzalez, who signed an incentive-laden minor-league deal, has an April 20 opt-out if he isn't on the major-league roster by then.
Gonzalez was brutal in his first Spring Training appearance on Saturday, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and two walks in two innings. He had zero strikeouts and gave up a two-run homer to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the sixth inning.
The Yankees also reassigned center fielder Estevan Florial, RHP David Hale and RHP Nestor Cortes Jr. to minor-league camp. Florial, one of the Yankees' top prospects, is in a cast after suffering wrist fractures during a Spring Training game.