The future is here for New York, at least for the time being.
Manager Aaron Boone said Jonathan Loaisiga, one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects, will be starting on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jonathan Loaisiga will start for the Yankees on Thursday, Aaron Boone said.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 12, 2018
The Yankees called up Loaisiga from Double-A Trenton, where Loaisiga is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA in six starts for the Thunder. Prior to pitching in Trenton, Loaisiga was 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts for high A Tampa.
Loaisiga is being brought up to fill in for the injured Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka was placed on the 10-day DL for hamstring strains he suffered while running the bases against the Mets. In unfortunate news for New York, Tanaka is expected to be out for a few weeks because the team has actually diagnosed Tanaka as having mild strains to not one, but both hamstrings.
Boone said Jonathan Loaisiga will start for the Yankees on Thursday. He started the season at Class A Tampa and has been at Class AA Trenton, where he's 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 4 starts. He has 26Ks and 1 walk in 20 innings.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) June 12, 2018
The move likely does not come as a surprise to Loaisiga as his workload in his last start shows his manager may have known that his ace would be receiving a call-up.
In his Sunday start, Loaisiga was expected to only throw approximately 50 pitches and was pulled late in the second inning after his pitch count reached 49 during a tough outing.
Sounds like this was the plan all along.
If Loaisiga excels, the Yankees' need for pitching help at the trade deadline will be greatly reduced, so there is a lot of pressure for the young stud to perform.