The big news yesterday was obviously Aaron Judge’s fractured wrist. However, he wasn’t the only Yankee to suffer an injury. Hours earlier, Domingo German exited his first Triple-A start of the year in the second inning. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in 2015, and was seen pointing to his right elbow near the incision.
German later clarified that he was experiencing bicep tightness. He reportedly felt off all game, likely because he wasn’t originally scheduled to start yesterday and didn’t go through his usual warmup routine.
After being re-evaluated today, German was diagnosed with an ulnar nerve injury. He will be shut down for the next ten days, then day-to-day after that. This makes the J.A. Happ trade look even better.
German, 25, pitched to a 5.68 ERA (4.54 FIP) through 82.1 innings in the majors this season. His strikeout numbers were good, but he was hit hard and surrendered a lot of home runs. The rotation doesn’t appear to be a good fit for him. However, he could find success in the bullpen. Maybe we’ll see him again in September if he gets healthy.