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Jonathan Loaisiga's case to fill in for injured Luis Severino

March 7, 2019 Sports 1 Views 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 &#821 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…

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 &#821

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. [5] 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

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So this is what Loaisiga walked out to Wednesday, in addition to a surprisingly varsity-level lineup or Cardinals making the trek over from Jupiter for the day. And his first inning was reminiscent of that debut against the Rays almost nine months ago. He is very thin but can reach 97 on the gun and his slider, when it is working, is borderline unfair.

So he struck out Kolten Wong on one of those nasty sliders, struck out Jose Martinez on an equally wicked breaker and Induced a lazy fly ball off the Paul Goldschmidt bat. It was impossibly easy.

Of course, he wasn´t done. He threw another in and a third, surrendered to a home run to Tyler O’Neill and an RBI double to Martinez, and he was charged for two more runs after he surrendered the ball. In the middle of the age of twenty-four years old who sat out much of his age-19 through the age of 22, who had a meteoric rise through the Yankees system last year, and who suffered his share of growing pains after that impressive debut (eight games and three starts thereafter he threw 19 ² innings and pitched to a 6.41 ERA).

But he is possible thing. He has that arm. He has that slider. He got seven outs and five of them were strikeouts, and all of those looked downright unfair. He knows he has an opportunity here, that he can take his way to the March and April rotation, and if he has it, he has been banged up to force that to happen… well, he’s been in those shoes, too. Plenty.

“You have to have the same approach: hitter by hitter.”

And the fact is: He’s gotten big-league hitters out. He knows how that feels.

“Hitters up here are so good at this level that you really feel your pitch and they can still get you,” he said. are. ”

But Loaisiga knows it would have no chance of any of those characteristics. It’s going to be someone getting those Severino starts. Might as well be him

“I have confidence,” he said, and that is a fine place to start.

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