Yankees transfer Jonathan Loaisiga (elbow) to 60-day IL

The New York Yankees transferred right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga to the 60-day injured list on Thursday.

The team filled the vacant roster slot by signing right-hander Ryan Weber to a major league contract.

Loaisiga, 28, landed on the 15-day IL on April 8 (retroactive to April 6) with inflammation in his right elbow.

He has a 2.70 ERA in three appearances (3⅓ innings) out of the bullpen this season. He is 18-9 with a 3.53 ERA and seven saves in 146 games (11 starts) since debuting with the Yankees in 2018.

Reinforcements could be coming to New York soon with starter Luis Severino one step closer to returning to the Yankees.

The righty made his first rehab start on Wednesday for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, going 3⅓ innings, allowing two hits, one run and one walk while striking out three hitters. Severino's fastball averaged around 95 mph but topped out at 98 mph.

Severino will make his next rehab start on Tuesday for the Railriders. Boone did not commit to activating the pitcher following the out.

"He feels good," Boone said on Severino's recovery after the start.

The righty has been on the 15-day injured list since the start of the regular season with a right lat strain. He's made just 26 starts because of injury after going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 4.8 bWAR in 2018, sidelined with Tommy John surgery and right rotator cuff inflammation.

Weber, 32, appeared in five games for the Yankees last season and posted a 0.84 ERA with one save. He is 4-12 with a 5.02 ERA in 68 games (16 starts) with six teams since 2015.

Weber is 3-3 with a 5.77 ERA in seven starts this season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Information from Reuters was used in this story