I think we can say, officially, that the Yankees are cursed. In yet another example of “one man on, one man off”, the same day that the team reinstated Aaron Hicks from the injured list, they transferred Jonathan Loaisiga to the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain.
The first clue came when The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler posted tonight’s lineup and noted that Chance Adams was in while Loaisiga was out, and Luis Cessa was named the starter. It became clear that something was probably wrong with Jonny Lasagna, and the Curse of 13 continues to follow the 2019 Yankees.
The most concerning thing is that this isn’t new for Loaisiga. On top of missing significant time with Tommy John surgery, he’s seen trouble in this same right shoulder before. Recurring injuries to the most important joint for a pitcher are concerning, to say the least.
The IL stint is retroactive to May 10, so it looks like the Yankees were hoping it was a twinge or other issue that could be cleared up by the team. Instead, Loaisiga will obviously need more thorough treatment, and potentially a rehab start or two even if the IL trip lasts a couple weeks.
Adams will figure to be a long relief man for the Yankees in the meantime, with the possibility of spot starts as needed. He’s struggled in Triple-A Scranton this year with a 4.80 ERA and 4.55 FIP, albeit in just 30 innings.