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Luis Cessa hopes to take advantage of opportunity with Yankees

New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85)

New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) delivers during the sixth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Credit: Joseoh D. Sullivan

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Luis Cessa sees his chance.

Not only for the rest of this year but perhaps for 2017 as well.

The righthander, acquired along with Chad Green from the Tigers last offseason in exchange for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, is scheduled to make the first start of his big-league career Saturday night against the Angels.

“I feel ready,” the 24-year-old said.

Cessa, who made the Opening Day roster after a terrific spring training, is 2-0 with a 5.30 ERA in eight games during four separate stints in the majors. He was 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 14 starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

With Nathan Eovaldi done for the year because of Tommy John surgery and Luis Severino back in the minors to work out his command and changeup issues, Cessa looks at Saturday night as the start of an extended tryout.

“It’s a great opportunity for me,” he said. “If I pitch well, maybe there will be more opportunities for me the rest of the season and next one too . . . Mentally, I feel ready and confident for [Saturday night].’’

Gardner, Headley sit

Brett Gardner returned to the lineup Wednesday afternoon after missing the previous four games with a bruised right ankle, but Joe Girardi didn’t like what he saw and put Gardner back on the bench Friday night.

“If you saw him run on Wednesday, straight ahead was fine, turning was a little problematic for him,” Girardi said. “He said it’s better, but you want to know it’s a lot better because you worry about something else getting hurt. I’d like to play him [Saturday].’’

Chase Headley has been battling a sore left Achilles for the last week and also was not in the starting lineup. “Nothing crazy,” he said. “I feel like I could be in there today.”

Eovaldi has surgery

Eovaldi underwent Tommy John surgery performed by team physician Christopher Ahmad at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on Friday. He also had his right flexor tendon repaired. The club said the surgery “went as expected.”


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