Loaisiga is likely to be an important part of the Yankees' pitching staff when the regular season gets underway, Joe Giglio of NJ Advance Media reports.
At one point Loaisiga was considered the frontrunner to fill in for James Paxton (back) in the Opening Day rotation, but that need may no longer exist with the regular season pushed back long enough for Paxton to potentially get healthy. Still, there are many unknowns about what the shortened campaign will look like -- including the possibility of frequent doubleheaders -- which makes Loaisiga's versatility particularly valuable. According to pitching coach Matt Blake, the right-hander was already on the minds of the coaching staff as a player who could fill "a full starter or opener or kind of a Swiss Army Knife role."
Loaisiga's spot in the starting rotation is in jeopardy due to the delayed start of the regular season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Loaisiga was a near-lock for the fifth-starter role before play was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Opening Day pushed back indefinitely, James Paxton (back) may have enough time to return to health before the regular season commences. That would likely push Loaisiga out of the rotation, though Kuty speculates that the right-hander could end up in the bullpen, especially if MLB decides to expand rosters at the start of the campaigh.
Loaisiga pitched three innings in a Grapefruit League contest against Washington on Thursday, allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three.
Loaisiga was touched for a home run off the bat of Victor Robles in the third inning but was otherwise dominant in New York's final game before MLB suspended spring training. The right-hander has a 2.70 ERA along with a sparking 0.40 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings. Though the Yankees have yet to determine how they will deploy Loaisiga once the regular season begins, his impressive spring could help him win the competition for the No. 5 starter spot once play resumes.
The Yankees have yet to decide whether to deploy Loaisiga as a starter or reliever to begin the season, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Loaisiga has enjoyed a strong spring, allowing two runs while striking out 11 batters in seven innings. Per Hoch, there have been debates within the organization about whether the right-hander's arsenal plays better in a relief role or as a starter. While the need for a No. 5 starter looms large due to injuries to James Paxton (back) and Luis Severino (elbow), the Yankees have a number of options they could use to fill that role should they opt to keep Loaisiga in the bullpen.
Loaisiga will continue to stretch out this spring but could wind up filling multiple roles this season, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Manager Aaron Boone is reportedly impressed with Loaisiga's stuff, which has led him to a 28.3 percent strikeout rate in 56.1 major-league innings. The 25-year-old hasn't had a ton of success overall, posting a modest 4.79 ERA and an 11.3 percent walk rate, but the Yankees are in desperate need of rotation help early this season. Luis Severino (elbow) is out for the year, while Domingo German (suspension) and James Paxton (back) will miss significant time. Loaisiga threw just 49.1 innings last season across all levels and has never thrown more than 80.2, however, so even if he wins an Opening Day rotation spot, he's unlikely to stay there all year.
Loaisiga is working on adding a slider to his pitch mix this spring, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Loaisiga is competing for a role in the Yankees' rotation in spring training and hopes to bolster his case by adding to his arsenal. He made his spring debut Sunday and threw a scoreless inning, striking out Austin Meadows in the process. Afterwards, he threw in the bullpen to reach 25 pitches as the Yankees attempt to stretch him out for a potential starting role.
Loaisiga's role for the 2020 campaign has not yet been determined, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Per manager Aaron Boone, the organization views Loaisiga's talent favorably and does not want to limit his potential contributions, though a history of injuries could make the 25-year-old a better fit for the bullpen. Loaisiga has been a starter throughout most of his minor-league career but pitched in relief 11 times while making only four starts for the Yankees last season.
Loaisiga is in contention for a temporary role as the Yankees' fifth starter, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
The Yankees will need a fifth starter for a month or two with Domingo German (suspension) out until early June and James Paxton (back) out until at least early May. Loaisiga has yet to break out at the big-league level, posting a 4.79 ERA in 56.1 innings. However, scouts like his pitch arsenal and command. Loaisiga has struck out 23.2 percent of batters while walking just 4.7 percent in his minor-league career.
Loaisiga made the Yankees' ALDS roster.
Loaisiga wasn't great in 31.2 innings for the Yankees this season, posting a 4.55 ERA and striking out 11.5 percent of opposing hitters. His ability to pitch multiple innings could be useful in the divisional round, however.
Loaisiga will start Wednesday's game against the Rays, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Chad Green was slated to open Wednesday's game, but he was used in Tuesday's extra-innings affair. Loaisiga has thrown exactly two innings in each of his last three outings, and he will likely get around six outs Wednesday. J.A. Happ is a strong option to serve as the primary pitcher.
Loaisiga was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
Loaisiga will take the roster spot of CC Sabathia (knee), who was sent to the injured list in a corresponding move Saturday. The right-hander pitched two innings in his most recent appearance for the RailRiders, so he'll likely fill a long-relief role for the Yankees down the stretch. Across six appearances with the big club this season, Loaisiga owns a 5.12 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 19:10 K:BB across 19.1 innings.
Loaisiga was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Friday's game.
Loaisiga was activated from the injured list Aug. 13. He's made two appearances since, working 2.2 innings on each occasion and surrendering a total of four earned runs on five hits. Cory Gearrin will replace him in the Yankees' bullpen.
Loaisiga (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles.
Two of his three rehab outings were scoreless appearances, with him fanning a total of eight batters in 5.2 innings. He did not log more than three innings in any of his rehab appearances, and figures to occupy a long-relief role down the stretch. Loaisiga could also operate as a primary pitcher if the Yankees deploy an opener again.
Loaisiga (shoulder) could be activated in the coming week, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
He tossed three scoreless innings Friday in a rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out four while walking none and giving up just one hit. It sounds like his next work could come in a big-league uniform. Loaisiga will be capable of working as a long reliever or spot starter for the Yankees down the stretch.
Loaisiga (shoulder) made his second rehab appearance Sunday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, retiring two of the six batters he faced while surrendering three runs on three hits and a walk.
Loaisiga kicked off his rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday, tossing two scoreless innings in what was his first action at any level since May 8. He was expected to work deeper into Sunday's outing, but he was only able to build up to 32 pitches before being pulled from the contest while the opposition was hitting him hard. Expect the 24-year-old to make at least one or two more rehab appearances in the minors before the Yankees entertain activating him. Loaisiga is expected to serve as a multi-inning reliever once he's reinstated.
Loaisiga will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
Loaisiga has been out since mid-May with a shoulder strain. He had thrown just 14 big-league innings this year prior to the injury, posting a 4.50 ERA and a 13:8 K:BB. He's expected to pitch exclusively out of the bullpen once activated, though the Yankees' rotation woes could put him in position to start eventually.
Loaisiga (shoulder) will head out on a rehab assignment following Saturday's side session and will pitch out of the big-league bullpen when he is activated from the 10-day injured list, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
The key news here is that Loaisiga won't be an option to enter the big-league rotation, severely limiting his fantasy value going forward in 2019. He has not pitched in a game since May 8, so it may be a lengthy rehab assignment by relief-pitcher standards.
Loaisiga (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game Thursday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Loaisiga (shoulder) has been sidelined since mid-May with a shoulder injury but is closing in on a return. The right-hander will need to complete a rehab assignment before being activated, but once healthy, he's expected to be used as a starter.
The Yankees plan on using Loaisiga (shoulder) as a starter when he's activated from the injured list, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Loaisiga has been on the shelf since May 13 due to a right shoulder strain, but he did begin throwing again Tuesday. Skipper Aaron Boone noted that he still intends on stretching Loaisiga out as a starter, though the right-hander could also be used in a relief role, depending on what the team needs at that time. Loaisiga still has a long road ahead of him before receiving the green light, as he's not eligible to return from the injured list until after the All-Star break.
Loaisiga (shoulder) resumed throwing Tuesday, completing 50 tosses off flat ground at 60 feet, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Loaisiga was expected to be shut down for four weeks after landing on the injured list with a right rotator cuff strain May 13, and he did indeed stick to that timeline. He's been placed on the 60-day injured list, so he won't be eligible to return until after the All-Star break.
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