Yankees RHP Luis Cessa struggled with his command, walking four batters in his first rehab outing from a strained oblique with High-A Tampa on Monday.
Cessa, who hadn't appeared in a game since April 17 when he strained his right oblique in a two-inning outing against the Miami Marlins, allowed two runs, three hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings, throwing just 19 of 46 pitches for strikes.
He walked two of the first three batters he faced and gave up a run-scoring fielder's choice and an RBI single to Clearwater's Raul Rivas in the first inning before getting an inning-ending flyout. He threw only 12 strikes (compared to 16 balls) in the first inning.
In the second, Cessa was pulled after giving up a two-out walk to Henri Lartigue, as Tampa's Brian Trieglaff pitched out of the two-on, two-out jam he inherited.
The 26-year-old Cessa is one of several Yankees pitchers on the disabled list and could potentially be an option for the Yankees to replace Masahiro Tanaka, who landed on the DL with a strained hamstring over the weekend. RHP Jordan Montgomery already underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said over the weekend that Jonathan Loaisiga, who was recently promoted to Double-A Trenton, and veteran David Hale, who also pitched on Monday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, could be options.
Last year, Cessa went 0-3 with a 4.75 ERA in 10 games (five starts) in the majors and 4-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) with the RailRiders.