Yankees' Nicaraguan pitcher placed on 60-day disabled list

NEW YORK.- Nicaraguan reliever Jonathan Loáisiga of the Yankees He will miss much of the season with an elbow injury for the second year in a row.

The 29-year-old right-hander went on the 60-day disabled list on Friday with right flexor muscle strain.

“We will go to doctors, it is a significant strain in the forearm,†confirmed Yankees manager Aaron Boone before the first game at home against Toronto.

Loáisiga pitched a scoreless ninth in Wednesday's 6-5, 11-inning victory over Arizona. The pitcher is 1-0 with four scoreless innings in three relief appearances this year.

“It was a couple of pitches short of finishing the other day,†Boone said. “At the time he didn't think it was anything important. He finished the inning, said something and after the game when I talked to him I didn't see him very worried about it.â€

Last season he was limited to 17 appearances due to inflammation in his right elbow that sidelined him between April 5 and August 8.

Corresponding movement in New York:

New York made the decision retroactive to Thursday and selected the contract of right-hander Dennis Santana from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Santana, 27, allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings with the RailRiders this season, allowing three hits and walking three. A six-year veteran, he had a 5.91 ERA in nine games with the Mets last year before becoming a free agent in August. He signed a minor league contract in December with the Yankees.

The New Yorkers, the biggest MLB winners in its history, continue to battle to vindicate themselves after a disastrous last tournament in which they failed to reach the playoffs.