TAMPA – The path is not always clean, is not always uncluttered, is not always straight. Opportunities come when they come.
“Nobody is happy that Sevy is hurting,” Jonathan Loaisiga said in the Yankees clubhouse, maybe 90 minutes after completing his first case to replace Luis Severino for as long as may be necessary. “But we all have our jobs to do.”
Loaisiga learned these lessons quickly, of course, and often. In 2014, ’15 and ’16, he appeared in a total of exactly one game, for Charleston of the Single-A South Atlantic League, in which he allowed two hits and two runs in 2 innings and promptly disappeared for another 13 months to have Tommy John surgery
But it was also thanks to another pitcher’s injury ̵
1; when Masahiro Tanaka spent some time on the DL early last summer – that he came to the attention of Yankees fans. Across five solid innings on a Friday night last June 15, with Nicaraguan flags flapping in all precincts of Yankees Stadium, he threw zeroes at the Tampa Bay Rays.
His stuff is filthy enough it makes veteran baseball but pay attention. ] “He has been impressive ever since we signed him,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday morning, a few hours before the Yankees suffered a 9-5 loss to the Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “I remember when Gene Michael was with us, he’d say,” Hey, this kid has a shot. “”
He does now. Severino will be shut down for a couple of weeks, and he’s going to miss a couple of starts at the beginning of the season, and Cashman made it clear Wednesday his preference is to have one of the Yankees’ kids – such as Loaisiga or Domingo German – get into that role, rather than the spot with someone from the outside. There will be another short-term opening in the rotation when CC Sabathia starts the season on the injured list after a late start to his training following an offseason heart procedure.  All 5 of Loaisiga’s Ks today. Looked good at the second time, but the cardinals seemed to pick up on his stuff the 2nd time. Looked mostly at been FB / SL every day. pic.twitter.com/0t9nUXzd76
– Alex Fast (@ AlexFast8) March 6, 2019