Cessa started the game for the Yankees and while he retired the first two batters of the game, he promptly gave up four runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings. A short time later, Mitchell entered the game, and promptly struck out five batters in three scoreless innings.
Mitchell looked like the starter the Yankees were about to take with them up north last season before he suffered a freak toe injury the last week of camp. While manager Joe Girardi won’t place emphasis on the competition based on one outing, he did admit Mitchell was impressive.
“The competition is gonna heat up now.” Girardi said on Thursday afternoon.
“You could definitely say that I’m competing,”Mitchell said after his impressive outing. “I’m not out there thinking about it, but I’m out there competing.”
So far, Mitchell is competing with Cessa, Luis Severino, Adam Warren, and Chad Green for the final two spots in the rotation. Girardi knows that soon enough he’s going to have to pick two winners out of the five rotation hopefuls.
“I just want two guys that are going to be extremely competitive and keep us in games, give us some length and do their job,” Girardi said prior to Thursday’s game. “It doesn’t really matter which two.”