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Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loáisiga to undergo season-ending UCL surgery

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  • Kyle Evans 

The injury to New York Yankees reliever Jonathan Loáisiga is worse than expected.

On Friday, the Yankees put the right-hander on the 60-day injured list with what they originally called a “right flexor strain.”

However, an MRI showed that Loáisiga has a torn UCL in his right elbow and will undergo season-ending surgery. He said the expected recovery time is 10-12 months.


Loáisiga, 29, will become a free agent at the end of this season, meaning he could have already thrown his final pitch as a Yankee.

Since the start of the 2019 season, Loáisiga has had six different IL stints for arm-related injuries. When healthy, he has been a huge piece in New York’s bullpen, posting a 3.44 ERA over 219.2 innings since 2018.

Righty Dennis Santana, who impressed in spring training, was called up to replace Loáisiga on the 26-man roster.