TORONTO — The Yankees are expecting to add right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga to the bullpen Wednesday, Aaron Boone said before the Yankees’ 7-2 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Loaisiga has been out with a right shoulder strain since Sept. 5.
Before the injury, Loaisiga had been the Yankees’ most effective reliever. Before he allowed a run in his most recent outing, Sept. 3, Loaisiga had given up just one run in 15 appearances, covering a span of 18 ²/₃ innings.
Luis Severino, a recent addition to the bullpen after his return from February 2020 Tommy John surgery, tossed another scoreless inning of relief, a 1-2-3 eighth.
In three outings, he has combined to throw five shutout innings — and he has left Gerrit Cole impressed.
“I was pleasantly surprised by his feel for his offspeed pitches,’’ Cole said before the game. “He’s been tremendously sharp. It’s been an emotional pick-me-up for us and for Yankee fans to see him back out there.”
Michael King, who was solid again Tuesday, giving up just a run in 2 ¹/₃ innings, has pitched himself into “an important role” in relief, according to Boone.
The right-hander has pitched well since returning from a finger injury- especially with the bullpen missing Loaisiga and Zack Britton.
“I’ll gladly fill any role,’’ King said.
Giancarlo Stanton, whose three-run homer in the seventh broke the game open, was the DH, but Boone said that wasn’t because of the artificial turf in Toronto.
“I considered putting [Stanton] out there,’’ Boone said. “Turf was not a factor, especially at this point of the season, when I’m gonna give us the best chance to win.”
Boone and Stanton said they were happy to be able to play at Rogers Centre for the first time since 2019. The Blue Jays played all their games last season at their Triple-A ballpark in Buffalo, and earlier this year played at their Low-A ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., and in Buffalo.
“It was cool,’’ Stanton said of playing in the open dome. “It was a good atmosphere.”
Gio Urshela continued his recent hot stretch with a single and a homer. He is 17-for-47 (.362) with nine runs, a double, three homers and six RBIs in his past 13 games.
That followed an ugly eight games in which the third baseman turned shortstop went 3-for-23 with no extra-base hits or walks — and 10 strikeouts.