The New York Yankees have been dealt a number of blows when concerning injuries on their pitching staff.
Right-hander Domingo German started just 15 games this season and went 2-5 with a 3.61 ERA in only 72 innings of work thanks to a right shoulder impingement that he suffered back in spring training.
He was also not used during the ALDS against the Cleveland Guardians.
However, he’s back for the ALCS against the Houston Astros.
Aaron Boone announced that while German is healthy and while won’t be in the rotation for this series, he’ll be used in the bullpen to provide some length if need be.
Domingo Germán is healthy, Aaron Boone says. He’s on the roster to provide length out of the bullpen, Boone says.
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German Healthy, Available In Bullpen
This is good news for the Yankees.
This is a team that has had to deal with a ton of injuries, with many of them being pitching injuries.
Having German back and healthy helps the Yankees’ pitching staff.
Of course, he isn’t in the starting rotation for the postseason, but as Boone alluded to, he’ll be primarily used in the bullpen and could potentially give the Yankees some innings coverage if a starter struggles.
German can provide just that and could even potentially make a start if absolutely necessary.
The most likely role for him is as a long reliever who will be expected to give the Yankees length if they need it.
The Yankees did not find themselves in a position where they needed him in Game 1, but he could be available if needed in Game 2.