The New York Yankees announced on Sunday morning that starting pitcher Domingo German will be heading to the IL with a hip flexor strain.
It kinda makes sense
Domingo German told the team about his hip pain on Saturday after playing long toss, and being in a lot of pain. He said that he has been in pain since his start against the Royals last road trip, but continued to pitch through.
And it makes sense because the game against the Royals was the first in a stretch of three poor starts.
German is 9-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) and 70 innings. His nine wins currently lead the American League.
Time for a new pitcher
Though German believes he won’t be out for long, it’s time for the Yankees to snag a starting pitcher. After missing out on the Dallas Keuchel sweepstakes, the team will have to trade for a pitcher. Clint Frazier could be a guy going the other way in a deal.
Guys like Madison Bumgarner of the Giants, Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays, and Mike Minor of the Rangers are possible targets. The Yankees don’t need an ace, they just need a guy to plug into the middle of the rotation.
However, to counter that, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino should be healthy and ready to pitch down the stretch for the Yankees, giving the team some fresh pitching. Once Montgomery is ready, he will likely see a long relief spot out of the bullpen until the season concludes, hopefully replacing Luis Cessa.
Though German believes he won’t miss much time, the Yankees need to finally pull the plug and snag a starter.