The New York Yankees have replaced the demoted Domingo German by recalling RHP Albert Abreu from the Alternate Site ahead of Sunday’s series finale with the Rays.
Abreu was with the team in Tampa as part of the five-man taxi squad, so he is available right away. The righty, who was acquired in Nov. 2016 in the deal that sent Brian McCann to Houston, made his MLB debut last year, allowing four runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings over two games.
German was sent down after Saturday’s game, his second straight rough start after a strong spring training. In two starts this year, German has allowed seven runs – including four home runs – over seven innings, with a WHIP of 2.00.
Manager Aaron Boone said Sunday, however, that replacing German with Abreu was more about getting a fresh arm for the bullpen, which has thrown 17 innings over the team’s last three games. It is the second such move German has been ostensibly responsible for this year already, as the team optioned Mike King, who followed German’s first start of three innings with six scoreless, shortly after that appearance.
"There's always circumstances changing and things evolve very day, but when his 10 days are up, I expect he would be inserted back into the rotation," Boone said of German. "Nothing has changed about where I view Domingo right now. I really feel like he's not far off from the guy we saw in the spring; I think he's going to have a strong season for us, but this was more about having a need in the bullpen, being a little bit up against it after some heavy workloads the last couple days."
The Yankees have an off-day Thursday and another next Monday, so they will not need a fifth starter if they choose not to deploy one until April 24 vs. Cleveland. That said, the Yankees have not decided yet how they will structure their rotation around the two off-days.
"(Workload) is something we're always focused on, probably a little more this year based on last year and some of the situations our starters are coming out of," Boone said. "For example, I was just kind of playing around with a potential layout for the next three weeks. We'll have conversations, and best we can try to keep these guys in the loop about what their next start looks like, and then maybe two or three weeks ahead."
Boone did say, though, that Deivi Garcia, whom he has gotten "good" reports about from the Alternate Site, could also be in the mix.
"He's thrown the ball well and continued off of spring training, so he's very much in the mix if we decide to insert a sixth starter at some point, which we might do after some of these off days," Boone said. "We'll continue to monitor and watch it closely."
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