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Yankees option Clarke Schmidt to alternate site

The activation of Jonathan Loáisiga looms.

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Following yesterday afternoon’s game, the Yankees optioned right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt to the alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The club is believed to be ready to activate reliever Jonathan Loáisiga as the corresponding move.

Schmidt, 24, appeared in two games since getting called up on September 4. He took over for Deivi García with two outs and two on in the fifth inning of a doubleheader game against the Orioles. He got hit around a bit, allowing both inherited runners to score, as well as giving up two earned runs of his own.

The right-hander bounced back in his second outing, this time against the Blue Jays on September 7. He worked a hitless eighth inning, allowing two walks while striking out a pair of batters.

While he pitched to mixed results in his short debut stint, the right-hander remains the Yankees’ top pitching prospect. MLB Pipeline considers him the no. 91 prospect in all of baseball, too.

“Pitch repertoire is excellent,” Aaron Boone told Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated during spring training. “His athleticism on the mound allows him to have a real clean delivery. There’s an absolute presence to him. He believes he belongs here.”

While the circumstances surrounding his arrival to the major-league roster, an injury-depleted pitching staff, weren’t ideal, he got a taste of the big leagues. And his future remains as bright as ever.

As for Loáisiga, the Swiss-Army-knife reliever landed on the injured list on September 4 with an undisclosed illness, but one unrelated to COVID-19. He pitched to a 3.18 ERA (4.31 FIP) across 17 innings of work