Injuries are an unfortunate reality in sports, and New York Yankees is no stranger to dealing with them. For many years, frequent injuries to key players have crippled their postseason campaigns. However, this year, the problems worsened. With just one month into the new season, the Bombers have more than 10 players from the active roster serving time on IL. Naturally, the damage is getting reflected in the team’s performance and overall standings.
The New York Yankees are sitting alone at the bottom of the AL-East table, nine games behind the table toppers. They are barely above .500 and continue to get pushed down with repeated losses. On top of that, the injuries have refused to slow down. Moreover, a recent update on a quality pitcher does not look that good either and will likely leave a deep impact on the Yankees’ future campaign.
RHP Jonathan Loaisiga Placed On 60-Day IL
The New York Yankees have dealt a blow to their pitching staff as they announced the transfer of Jonathan Loaisiga to the 60-day injured list. Loaisiga, a promising young right-hander, suffered from an elbow injury last month. When things did not improve through rehab, the Bomber’s conditioning team asked the pitcher to opt for surgery. Subsequently, Jonathan underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. As a result, the pitcher requires an extended period of rest and rehabilitation and will not be available until August.
This news comes as a significant setback for both Loaisiga and the Yankees, who were counting on his contributions to bolster their pitching rotation. Jonathan Loaisiga had been off to a solid start to the 2023 season before the injury. In his three appearances, he had showcased his talent and potential, posting a 2.70 ERA with one strikeout over 3.1 innings pitched. The 28-year-old pitcher had been a reliable option out of the bullpen for the Yankees. He is often called upon in high-pressure situations to hold leads or keep the team in close games. Now, the loss of Loaisiga puts additional pressure on the rest of the bullpen to step up and fill the void.
Yankees Call In Reinforcement For Jonathan Loaisiga
The loss of Jonathan Loaisiga certainly has foiled the Yankees’ future plans. However, an injury-plagued Bombers has already called in reinforcement to replace the pitcher. Ahead of Yesterday’s game against the Rays, the club announced major roster moves. While they placed Loaisiga on a 60-day IL, Ryan Weber was called in to fill up the roster spot.
RHP Ryan Weber, who started his season with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, signed a major league contract with the Yankees and immediately got placed on the 40-man roster. He has had a terrible start in the Triple-A this season, with a 5.77 ERA in seven starts. However, his last season’s wonders have earned him a spot on the Yankees roster. Overall, it would be interesting to watch what the right-hander brings to the table.