Loaisiga will serve as a "utility reliever" this season, appearing as an opener, a single-inning arm or in long relief as needed, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Perhaps most notably, starting games was not listed among the righty's duties for the upcoming season. He did technically start in three of his 12 appearances last season but didn't face more than 12 batters or record more than nine outs in any of them. Over his three big-league seasons, he's been the first pitcher on the mound in 11 of his 36 outings but has reached five innings just twice, both of which came back in 2018.
Loaisiga (3-0) allowed one run (zero earned) on one hit and one walk along with a punchout across two innings Friday as he picked up the win over the Red Sox.
Loaisiga entered in the 11th and instantly ran into trouble as he allowed Michael Chavis to advance to third on a wild pitch before he came in to score on a Christian Arroyo single. Loaisiga soon found himself in a bases-loaded jam with one out but was able to pitch himself out of it by striking out J.D. Martinez and getting Christian Vazquez to fly out. He came back out for the 12th after the Yankees were able to retake the lead in the top half of the inning and sent the Red Sox hitters down in order to pick up his third win of 2020. Loaisiga owns a 2.70 ERA and 21:5 K:BB across 20 innings, and he should see more work down the stretch while the Yankees push for a playoff spot.
Loaisiga (undisclosed) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Loaisiga had a minimum stay on the injured list after being sidelined in early September for an undisclosed reason. He'll be available out of the bullpen going forward as the Yankees prepare for a likely playoff run. The right-hander last pitched Sept. 1, and he had a 3.18 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 17 innings prior to his absence.
Loaisiga is set to be activated off the injured list Tuesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
The reason for Loaisiga's stint on the IL has not been revealed, but it appears to be resolved as the right-hander is expected to return to the active roster Tuesday. Loaisiga last pitched Sept. 1, so he may have some rust upon returning to the mound. The 25-year-old has compiled a 3.18 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 20:4 K:BB over 17 innings this season.
Loaisiga (undisclosed) threw a bullpen session Friday and is on track to be activated Tuesday, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.
The nature of Loaisiga's issue has not been disclosed, though manager Aaron Boone has clarified that it is not related to COVID-19. Assuming Loasiga's bullpen went well Friday, he'll toss another Sunday and could then be activated off the injured list before the team's critical three-game series against Toronto that begins Tuesday.
Loaisiga was Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com retroactive to Wednesday for undisclosed reasons.
The Yankees' vague language -- their announcement referred to the issue as "a medical condition that prevents him from playing and necessitates placement on the IL" -- makes this sound like a COVID-19 situation, though Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports that isn't the case. Loaisiga will be eligible to return from the injured list next Saturday, though the lack of clarity surrounding the issue makes it difficult to predict whether or not he'll be able to do so. Miguel Yajure was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
Loaisiga allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out three over three innings in Friday's Game 2 loss against the Mets. He didn't factor into the decision.
Loaisiga was effective over the first three innings of Friday's contest, but he settled for a no-decision after the Mets hit a walkoff home run. The right-hander has a 2.81 ERA and 18:4 K:BB over 16 innings this season. He'll likely work out of the bullpen in the near future.
Loaisiga will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Mets, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
The Mets had a late-game rally in the first game of Friday's twin bill, and Loaisiga will attempt to quiet their bats to begin Game 2. Loaisiga has made six appearances (two starts) this season and carries a 2.77 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 13 innings.
Loaisiga was one of three pitchers mentioned by Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Saturday as candidates to replace James Paxton (forearm) in the rotation, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Paxton hit the injured list Friday and is expected to miss at least two weeks, so the team will need to select a replacement when his spot in the rotation comes back up. The decision may not be made for some time with the Yankees' weekend series against the Mets cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, but Loaisiga was named as an early candidate for the role along with Michael King and Nick Nelson. Loaisiga has some experience as a starter -- he has opened in 10 of his 30 big-league appearances -- though he has not exceeded four innings in any outing since 2018.
Loaisiga (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three to earn the win Wednesday versus Atlanta.
Loaisiga relieved Masahiro Tanaka after four innings, and that was enough for the former to earn the win in a relief appearance. The 25-year-old Loaisiga has pitched to a 3.48 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB in 10.1 innings across four outings this year. He's typically deployed in a long-relief role.
Loaisiga allowed one earned run on three hits and a walk while striking out three across 2.1 innings in the second game of the Yankees' doubleheader against the Phillies on Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision.
Loaisiga was used as a starter given the doubleheader, though the team still limited his workload to 51 pitches. The lone run he surrendered came in the second inning, when he allowed an RBI single to Andrew Knapp. Loaisiga will likely return to a multi-inning reliever role.
Loaisiga will start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
The 25-year-old was considered the likely starter for the nightcap, but it wasn't confirmed until the Yankees released their lineup at the completion of Game 1. Loaisiga likely won't pitch deep enough to be eligible for a win, but he did cover three frames in each of his first two outings of the season.
Loaisiga could start the evening portion of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
The Yankees will likely continue to use Loaisiga in a flexible role this season as they did in both 2018 and 2019. He's started nine games in his career while appearing out of the bullpen 17 times. If he does start Wednesday, he may not pitch deep enough into the game to be eligible for a win, as he threw exactly three innings in both of his appearances so far this year.
Loaisiga (1-0) earned the win against Baltimore on Thursday, pitching three innings and allowing two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out four.
Four days after throwing three innings as a starter, Loaisiga was brought on in relief to start the sixth inning Thursday. A two-run homer off the bat of Pedro Severino in the eighth frame saddled Loaisiga with a blown save, but the Yankees responded with three runs in the top of the ninth to help the right-hander earn his first win. Loaisiga threw 45 pitches in the outing, only six less than in Sunday's start, and he figures to fill a similar long-relief role moving forward with Masahiro Tanaka (concussion) ready to return to the rotation.
Loaisiga allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out three and walking one across three innings Sunday against the Nationals. He did not factor into the decision.
Loaisiga threw 51 pitches, which fell in line with pre-game expectations. The only notable blemish on his outing was a solo home run he surrendered to Trea Turner in the third frame. Regardless of whether Loaisiga is starting contests or working as a multi-inning reliever, it's unlikely that he'll far surpass Sunday's workload as he has not exceeded four innings pitched in an outing since the middle of the 2018 campaign.
Loaisiga is starting Sunday's game against the Nationals. He will throw around 50 pitches if all goes well, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
This will be a spot start, and Loaisiga is not likely to go as deep as a typical starting pitcher. He has a career 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 35:15 K:BB in 30 innings as a starter and did not log more than four innings in any MLB outing in 2019.
Loaisiga is a candidate to serve as the opener July 26 versus Washington, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Masahiro Tanaka is slated to be the Yankees' No. 3 starter this season, but the team is opting for a bullpen game in place of his first start while the right-hander recovers from a concussion suffered July 4. Michael King and Chad Green are other options to open against Washington, but none of the three are likely to go deep into the game, and the need for an opener could be limited to one turn with Tanaka possibly returning to the rotation as early as July 31.
Loaisiga will pitch in relief to begin the campaign, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Loaisiga had been considered for a starting role throughout both spring training and summer camp, but the team ultimately decided that he is best suited for a bullpen spot to begin the season. The right-hander indicated a willingness to take on any role the Yankees need of him, stating through a translator, "It's about getting in the game and doing your job. If I'm going to start the game, I'm fine with that. If I'm going to go into the middle of the game, no problem with me. If I have to end the game, I'm cool with that. I just want to pitch, help and just go do my job." Loaisiga looked good in intrasquad action Wednesday, hurling three scoreless and hitless innings while striking out four batters.
Loaisiga threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
This marks Loaisiga's first workout since arriving in New York from his home country of Nicaragua over the weekend following a negative COVID-19 test. The right-hander is vying for a spot in the Yankees' rotation, though either way he figures to be an important part of the team's pitching staff during the shortened season given his versatility.
Loaisiga arrived in New York from his home country of Nicaragua on Sunday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Loaisiga was absent for the first official workout of the team's summer camp, but he was able to return to Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The right-hander will need to complete intake testing with a negative COVID-19 result before he is able to take the mound.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/06||@ TB||L 5-7||1.2||2||1||0||1|
|09/30||@ CLE||W 10-9||0.1||1||1||2||0|
|09/25||vs MIA||L 3-4||2.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/21||@ TOR||L 5-11||1.0||5||3||2||0|
|09/18||@ BOS||W 6-5||1||2.0||1||0||1||1|
|09/16||vs TOR||W 13-2||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|09/01||vs TB||W 5-3||1.0||1||1||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||17.0||4||4||0||1||0||0||18||1||7||0.53||0.471|
|2017||R-GCL Yankees West||2.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.000|
|2017||R-GCL Yankees East||13.2||6||6||0||0||1||0||15||2||10||2.73||0.909|
|2018||ROK-GCL Yankees West||1.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||0.00||1.667|