In the midst of last night’s walk-off celebration, the Yankees quietly made a roster move. The team announced that Tyler Wade had been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This makes from Jonathan Loaisiga, who received an official call-up earlier this morning.
Loaisiga, 24, replaces James Paxton, who hit the injured list over the weekend with knee inflammation. The right-hander has allowed three runs in 10 innings this year with the Yankees, waking six and striking out 10. From a pure stuff perspective, Loaisiga has an impressive arsenal. He uses a 96 mph four-seam fastball and backs it up with a low-to-mid-80s curveball. He also has a seldom used, but effective, changeup. The question has always been his ability to stay healthy.
As for Wade, he saw 59 plate appearances with the team, hitting .204/.316/.204 (53 wRC+). While he had an excellent spring training, Wade has yet to translate those results to the majors. The emergence of Gio Urshela as well as a healthy DJ LeMahieu made Wade an option candidate. It also says something that the team elected to keep Thairo Estrada around.
The Yankees have Loaisiga penciled in to start tonight. He will face Mariners southpaw Yusei Kikuchi in what should be a fun matchup.