Yankees reveal several key organizational updates
The New York Yankees received some good news on the injury front on Tuesday.
The team announced that reserve receiver Ben Rortvedt, who has been out all year with multiple ailments, will begin a rehab assignment.
“Today, C Ben Rortvedt begins a rehab assignment with High-A Hudson Valley. Additionally, the Yankees have moved the rehab assignment of RHP Jonathan Loáisiga from Single-A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre” , they tweeted.
Today, C Ben Rortvedt begins a rehab mission with High-A Hudson Valley.
Additionally, the Yankees moved the rehab mission of RHP Jonathan Loáisiga from Single-A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
— Yankees Public Relations Department (@YankeesPR) July 12, 2022
However, perhaps the most notable news in the tweet is the fact that relief pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga is now set to move his rehab from Single-A to Triple-A.
This can only mean one thing: he is approaching a comeback.
The Yankees have missed one of their best relievers since late May, when he suffered a right shoulder inflammation.
The Yankees need the best version of Loaisiga
Of course, he hadn’t pitched like one of the Yankees’ top relievers when he got injured.
Chances are he was injured at some point as his numbers were abysmal.
In 18 games, he had an ERA of 7.02 and a WHIP of 1.56.
Considering how good he was last year, those numbers are hugely disappointing.
In 2021, he finished with a stellar 2.17 ERA in 70.2 innings.
The hope is that, now that he is fully healthy, he can go back to being the pitcher he was last year, a pitcher with soul-stealing lead and impeccable drive.
As for Rortvedt, he’s expected to enter a crowded catching rotation in which All-Star Jose Trevino gets the majority of the playing time.
It’s entirely possible that his rehab mission will take a little longer than expected, as he’s been away for quite a while.
Still, the Yankees see potential in him and should include him in their plans as long as he proves he’s in perfect health.