Jonathan Loaisiga has been vaccinated for COVID-19, so the Yankees reliever wasn’t subject to frequent tests for the coronavirus. But he got tested because he traveled to Nicaragua during the All-Star break to visit his family and a negative test is mandatory for visitors.
The right-hander was stunned when he received the bad news: Not only could he not travel, but also he would miss a few weeks of action, after registering a positive test.
“You feel bad, because it was a clear opportunity to see your family for a couple of days. Unfortunately, God had other plans,” he said on Wednesday before the Yankees hosted the Phillies at the Stadium. “I had just pitched [the day before] and pitched pretty well, and felt pretty good.”
Loaisiga, placed on the COVID-19 injured list on July 10, didn’t have any symptoms. He spent the mandatory 10 days away in Austin, Texas, playing video games and watching television shows. At the tail end of it, he was able to get in some exercise and lightly toss with fellow reliever Wandy Peralta, who tested positive for the virus at the same time.
“You never want to step away…