Jonathan Loaisiga about to take big step toward Yankees return

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Jonathan Loaisiga road greys pitching
Jonathan Loaisiga road greys pitching

Yankees RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, who has been on the IL since Sept. 5 due to a strained rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder, is about to take a big step toward his return.

Loaisiga will start throwing on Friday, manager Aaron Boone said on Thursday.

Loaisiga, who received a cortisone shot when he was placed on the IL, had been the Yankees' most reliable reliever before going down.

In 68.0 innings this season over 54 appearances, Loaisiga has a 2.25 ERA (2.59 FIP) and 1.02 WHIP with 66 strikeouts.

The loss of Loaisiga was compounded by the season-ending injury to Zack Britton and the struggles of Aroldis Chapman.

But Chapman, back in the closer role, has mostly excelled since Loaisiga landed on the IL.

Since allowing one run on Sept. 8, Chapman is unscored upon in his last four appearances, having allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out seven in 3.2 innings.