Jonathan Loaisiga has been vaccinated for COVID-19, so the Yankees reliever wasn’t topic to frequent checks for the coronavirus. However he obtained examined as a result of he traveled to Nicaragua through the All-Star break to go to his household and a damaging check is obligatory for guests.
The suitable-hander was shocked when he obtained the unhealthy information: Not solely may he not journey, but additionally he would miss a number of weeks of motion, after registering a optimistic check.
“You’re feeling unhealthy, as a result of it was a transparent alternative to see your loved ones for a few days. Sadly, God had different plans,” he mentioned on Wednesday earlier than the Yankees hosted the Phillies on the Stadium. “I had simply pitched [the day before] and pitched fairly properly, and felt fairly good.”
Loaisiga, positioned on the COVID-19 injured checklist on July 10, didn’t have any signs. He spent the obligatory 10 days away in Austin, Texas, taking part in video video games and watching tv reveals. On the tail finish of it, he was capable of get in some train and flippantly toss with fellow reliever Wandy Peralta, who examined optimistic for the virus on the identical time.
“You by no means wish to step away from the sport, however on the identical time you bought to have a look at the positives of all this,” Loaisiga mentioned. “We’ve been doing a very good job out of the bullpen and dealing quite a lot of innings, so you bought to take these two weeks I used to be out as a method to relaxation and are available again stronger and hopefully choose up the place I left off and begin serving to the crew the identical means I used to be doing.”
Loaisiga rejoined the Yankees on Tuesday and threw a bullpen session on Wednesday. He mentioned he felt good after throwing, but it surely stays unsure when he will likely be activated. Supervisor Aaron Boone needs to see how he feels on Thursday earlier than figuring out if Loaisiga might want to throw one other bullpen session or if he’s prepared for use in opposition to the Pink Sox on Thursday or Friday.
On the time of the optimistic check, Loaisiga was within the midst of a breakout season. In 47 innings, he has struck out 46, walked simply 10 and notched a 2.11 ERA.
As soon as Loaisiga is activated, the Yankees’ bullpen may have its 4 huge weapons intact, now that Aroldis Chapman appears to have snapped out of his stoop and regained his function as nearer, Zack Britton is wholesome and Chad Inexperienced has continued to pitch properly. There’s an argument to be made that Loaisiga has been the Yankees’ most constant reliever this season.
“We’ll be actually excited to get ‘Lo’ again. He’s been among the best relievers within the sport this yr,” Boone mentioned. “We’ve seen his sport and his confidence go to a different degree this yr. ‘Lo’s been so beneficial for us, so we actually look ahead to getting him again in that blend.”