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Yankees to call up Jonathan Loaisiga

The Yankees will use a spot starter in Anaheim.

New York Yankees v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a long West Coast trip underway, the Yankees plan to give their pitching staff a breather. Aaron Boone announced in his pregame press conference that Jonathan Loaisiga will make tomorrow night’s start against the Angels. Everyone in the rotation will get knocked back a day. The team has yet to reveal a corresponding move.

Loaisiga, 24, has made two starts for the Yankees this season. He pitched seven total innings, working to a 3.86 ERA (4.52 FIP). The right-hander flashed his strikeout stuff (11.57 K/9), but couldn’t give the team any length. Loaisiga made one start for the Triple-A RailRiders, allowing two runs over five innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Johnny Lasagna works with a quality four-seam fastball, one that has averaged 96.37 mph this season. His go-to breaking pitch is a slurve (categorized as a curveball) that, at its best, can freeze batters. Consider what it did to George Springer:

That pitch was perfectly spotted on the corner — almost impossible to hit. When he’s on, Loaisiga can frustrate a lineup.

This promotion means Domingo German will start game three, with CC Sabathia pitching the series finale. Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton figure to pitch the first two games in San Francisco.

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