Yankees recover pitcher from injury
NEW YORK – Reinforcements continue to arrive for the Yankees pitching staff during the most critical time of the season.
A day after Luis Severino made his long-awaited return from Operation Tommy John, along with a host of other setbacks, the Yankees announced on Wednesday that they had reinstated right-hander Domingo German from the 10-day injured list.
German had been on the IL since Aug. 1 with a strained right shoulder, and the Yankees sent Estevan Florial to the AAA Scranton / Wilkes-Barre class to make room for the move.
“I would love to include Domingo in it, but the game will obviously dictate it,” said manager Aaron Boone. âI’m delighted, though, that we have a really good back pitcher in the mix to hopefully help us out here. “
German has made two appearances in rehab at Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, and it looks like his immediate role will be in the reliever pen despite his history as a starter.
Each of German’s two rehab outings lasted two innings, with a total of seven batters on strikes and a single earned run on four hits.
German hasn’t started a game for the Yankees since July 25 against the Marlins when he played four innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts before being put out for a pinch hitter in fifth.
âHe’s not built the way he would be if he started, but he should be able to give us a few innings,â Boone said. âHe could find himself in situations where he comes in to take out a few hitters or finish a sleeve or high leverage sleeve. I think everything in that potential one, two, three innings is on the line with him. “
During the season, the German has started 18 games and started three more. He was 4-5 with a 4.45 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 97 innings.
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The fact that the German has come out of the bullpen several times during his career, first when he appeared in 2018 and again this season, gives Boone confidence that he can be effective in this role.
âHe’s been out of the pen a few times even this year,â Boone said. âHe’s comfortable doing it, he’s used to doing it, so there’s a little bit of comfort in there. Ultimately he’s a really good pitcher that we come back for, hopefully. it, be a big part of the mix. “
The Yankees’ starting rotation appears to be focused for the remainder of the regular season.
With Gerrit Cole starting against the Red Sox on Friday, there’s a chance the Yankees can use him three more times if they need him in a win-win clash on the final day of the season.
Nestor Cortes Jr., set to start on Saturday, has been one of the team’s most stable arms, striking out 72 batters in his last 69 innings while posting a 2-2 record with an ERA of 3.13 and a WHIP of 1.06. Jordan Montgomery is scheduled for Sunday’s start against the Red Sox.
Corey Kluber pitched in the Bronx on Wednesday, while Jameson Taillon, who injured his ankle on a September 6 departure, was due to start rehab on Wednesday and then return to the club.
With a full complement of pitchers to work with, Boone will have his choice of weapons on the mound to help his team go for a playoff berth.
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Cole compared the Yankees’ home stretch, which includes three games each against the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rays, to former warriors training against each other.
The Yankees are hoping their tries this season will lead to a Wild Card berth and playoff overtime.
âWe’ve played against a lot of elite opponents in this division throughout the year and we’ve lost some battles, but we still have the war ahead of us,â said Cole. “I think if we continue to improve and learn from each of these battles, whether it is victory or loss, it puts us in the best position to win the war.”
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The results against these three opponents have not been in the Yankees’ favor this season. They are 7-9 against the Rays, 6-10 against the Red Sox and 6-10 against the Blue Jays.
As of early Wednesday, the Yankees were two games behind the Red Sox for first place in the American League wildcards and half a game behind the Blue Jays for last place.
âWe’re fighting for the same thing, so you shouldn’t want it any other way,â Boone said. “We’ll find out. I think when you fight for a few places between a few teams, the fact that you can set the ‘mano a mano’ on the pitch, I think that’s how it should be and I hope that we get to where we want to be playing great baseball. “
Cole will be making his fourth start of the season against the Red Sox on Friday. He’s posted a 1-2 record with nine earned runs allowed and 25 strikeouts in 16 innings against the rival club this season.