The New York Yankees have been trying to piece together a starting rotation in the wake of some truly shocking injury luck. In addition to losing Domingo German during the season, the much-hyped return of Luis Severino has been delayed due to a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
While Severino hasn’t pitched in the majors in years, and is a bit of an unknown quantity, German is at least proven to be an average MLB pitcher that can get some key outs if needed. With the rotation and bullpen both struggling to stay healthy, it’s no wonder that Yankees fans are holding their breath to see when these two will return.
Manager Aaron Boone finally gave fans a bit of an update on both of these arms, as there is a chance that their injuries keep them out for the remainder of the regular season. Boone tried to paint an optimistic picture of their recovery, though he did try to qualify it by saying it hinges on their ability to increase their workload.
Boone said Saturday that German “threw a bullpen yesterday that went well,” though he admitted Severino was “not quite ready to get on the mound yet.” Boone added that the Yankees will need to “see how their progression goes and see at what point they’re able to help us.”
Luis Severino and Domingo German might help the Yankees.
In 21 games this year, 18 of which have been starts, German has gone 4-5 with a 4.45 ERA. Even if the Yankees get German back without a 100% healthy rotation, he will likely be used in a long-relief role for the regular season and postseason, which he has experience with at the professional level.
Severino has just 12 regular season innings to his name since the start of the 2019 season, as injuries have robbed him of a good chunk of his prime seasons. He is a complete unknown, but if he’s even half of the pitcher he was in 2017 and 2018, he’ll be a welcome addition to the bullpen.
The Yankees just lost Jonathan Loaisiga to an injury that might sideline him for a good chunk of the regular season and impact his effectiveness when he returns. Supplementing Loaisiga with two pitchers who can toss multiple innings in Severino and German might help the Yankees make a little bit of a run.
This is still a very fluid situation, as one issue in their rehab could set them back, but it sounds like both pitchers are progressing nicely in their quest to get back to the Bronx in time for the playoffs.