The Yankees suffered another blow to their pitching staff. The team announced on Sunday morning that Domingo German landed on the injured list with a strained left hip flexor. As a corresponding move, Stephen Tarpley was recalled from Triple-A.
German, 26, had been the Yankees’ best starter in 2019. He posted a 3.86 ERA with a 4.03 FIP, although those numbers had been inflated due to a series of poor starts dating back to May 26. One has to wonder if this is when German’s hip began to act up. Prior to that he had a 2.60 ERA (3.18 FIP). He admirably assumed the role of staff ace while Luis Severino was out.
Tarpley figures to be a band-aid for today’s game. It’s a bullpen day, so the more arms the better. The team, however, must address the state of their starting pitching. The depth no longer exists. One could assume that if the team knew of German’s injury, they would have pushed harder for Dallas Keuchel. That’s unfortunate now.
Hopefully German gets better soon, and the Yankees can weather another shot to the starting staff.