Injury Update: Yankees starting pitcher commences a rehab assignment

New York Yankees, Domingo German
May 20, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German was placed on the 60-day injured list prior to the start of the 2022 season. German has been dealing with a shoulder injury for months, but he’s finally looking to make a return as he prepares to start a rehab assignment with the team’s single-A affiliate.

Per the Yankees:

Today, RHP Domingo Germán commences a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa.

German made 22 appearances last year over 98.1 innings, recording a 4.58 ERA with 8.97 strikeouts per nine. He posted a 70.1% left on base rate and 42.2% ground ball rate. As for his pitches, German features a fastball, curveball, and change-up. Pitching coach Matt Blake will love his array of pitches, incorporating a four-seamer and sinker.

However, German has struggled to maintain his consistency over the past two seasons. If there’s anyone that can help him reach his potential, it is Blake, who has gotten the most out of the starting rotation this season.

The Yankees haven’t even reached the All-Star break and are having a few fatigue-related struggles in the bullpen, which could suggest German makes an appearance in a low leverage situation in the coming weeks. Given German has the stamina to go multiple innings, he could be a great piece to inject into the bullpen.

However, he can also serve as the Yankees’ number six starter, mitigating any fatigue or injuries that may arise. Manager Aaron Boone mentioned recently that they are gearing German up to be a starter, which could suggest he sits patiently with Triple-A Scranton until called upon later on in the year.