It is no secret the New York Yankees need to bolster their starting pitching rotation, especially since it is littered with liabilities. Depending on Luis Severino, Jameson Taillon, and Domingo German to uphold the middle of the rotation is simply overzealous.
Severino has suffered multiple injuries over the past two seasons, Taillon finished the 2022 campaign with torn ligaments in his ankle, and German has failed to prove consistency.
In fact, German will likely miss the entirety of spring training and the beginning of the regular season after being placed on the 60 day IL due to a shoulder injury, the team announced on Thursday.
Ever since German was suspended for a domestic violence dispute, he has been unable to return to his previous success back in 2019.
German posted a 4.03 ERA during his best campaign, winning 18 games and striking out 153 batters over 143 innings. The Yankees were extremely excited about his potential, but over 98.1 innings last season, German recorded a 4.58 ERA and failed to hold down a starting position.
General manager Brian Cashman must understand that he needs another capable starter to pair with Gerrit Cole at the top of the rotation, otherwise, the Bombers may be staring the same problem in the face as they did last season and the one before that — injuries running rampant and forcing the bullpen to supplement.