The Yankees optioned RHP Jonathan Loaisiga to the minors following Monday's 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves and will reinstate RHP A.J. Cole off the 10-day disabled list.
Loaisiga, whom the Yankees promoted from Double-A Trenton last month to replace the injured Masahiro Tanaka, will likely be recalled for next Monday's doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles.
He allowed three runs and five hits in four innings on Monday, throwing a season-high 92 pitches, while the bullpen was forced to throw seven innings.
Loaisiga has logged 18 innings in four MLB starts, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He threw at least five scoreless innings in two of his outings.
Cole pinched a nerve while playing catch but has only been on the disabled list retroactive to June 20. The Yankees used five relievers on Monday, two days after they needed four relievers to log 6 2/3 innings in an 11-0 loss to the Red Sox.
The 26-year-old Cole has a 0.69 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Yankees this season, striking out 15 batters and allowing one run and six hits in 13 innings. With the Nationals earlier this season, he went 1-1 with a 13.06 ERA in four games (two starts), allowing 15 runs and 16 hits in 10 1/3 innings.