After a yesterday’s doubleheader, the Yankees needed fresh arms. They addressed that by activating Jonathan Loaisiga from the IL and calling up Adonis Rosa from Triple-A. As corresponding moves, the club optioned Brady Lail to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated Joe Mantiply for assignment.
Loaisiga’s return is the headline here. The 24-year-old right-hander has flashed impressive stuff in spurts with the Yankees the past couple seasons but has struggled to stay healthy. He had been on the injured list since May with a strain in his right shoulder. He just completed a rehab stint in Triple-A, most recently tossing three shutout innings on August 9th, striking out four and allowing just one baserunner. Loaisiga threw 48 pitches that night, so he could offer the Yankees a potent multi-inning option in relief down the stretch.
Mantiply, 28, worked three innings in his Yankees debut. He allowed three runs and three hits, including a home run, but earned a win in the process. The left-hander rejoined the Yankees’ organization last week, but he previously spent the 2017 season pitching for the Triple-A RailRiders. We’ll see where he lands next after this latest DFA.
For Lail, 26, yesterday’s outing marked his major-league debut. The right-hander tossed 2.2 innings of three-run ball, allowing two hits, a home run, and a walk. He struck out two batters as well. Lail returns to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre, after spending time across three levels with the Yankees this season.
Lastly, Rosa, a 24-year-old righty, has performed solidly with the RailRiders in 2019. He owns a 3.45 ERA in 44.1 innings at Triple-A, having recorded 39 strikeouts versus 11 walks. He has been with the Yankees organization since 2014 and has yet to make his major-league debut. He may have the chance to change that, depending on how Aaron Boone decides to deploy his bullpen in the coming days.