ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Domingo German began a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday with three goalless innings at the start of Single-A Tampa as he comes back from a right shoulder impingement that sidelined him from spring training.
“This is a big challenge,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of German’s release.
Provided there are no setbacks for injuries, the German will have to be placed on the roster in 30 days. It could serve as a turning depth or step out of the bullpen.
Right-footed Albert Abreu, who claimed the Royals forfeit on Tuesday, is expected to be on the roster on Thursday, Boone said.
The Yankees will have to make a corresponding move and remove a pitcher from the roster before Abreu returns.
Clarke Schmidt and Ron Marinaccio are among the relievers who still have minor league options.
The Yankees also announced that Aroldis Chapman will launch a rehab match with Double-A Somerset this weekend.
With the upcoming addition of Abreu and Chapman, the bullpen may soon look noticeably different. The Yankees have not decided how they will use German once they return.
Right-footed Ryan Weber returned to the Yankees with a minor league contract. He had elected agency after being designated for office last week.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa is back in training on Wednesday night for the first time since he suffered a strain in his left hamstring on Saturday. He reached base twice in the 5-4 victory over the spokes.
The Yankees had been wary of bringing Kiner-Falefa back as they played on the unforgiving artificial turf of Tropicana Field, using Marwin Gonzalez and Gleyber Torres in his stead.
Boone said there were no lingering concerns about the injury.
“He will have a day [off again] on this stretch before the next day of rest [on July 4]”He said.” I assume he will recover well. “
Kiner-Falefa had hit better before injury, going 10 of 27 with three doubles and six RBI in his previous seven games, good for an OPS of .874.
The Yankees are facing southpaw Framber Valdez when they open a streak against the Astros on Thursday at the Stadium, so Boone wanted to have as many left-handed swingers in the lineup on Wednesday against Rays right-footed Shane Baz.
That meant Matt Carpenter in the starting lineup for only the fourth time since June 3 – and on first base for the first time this year. He went 1 out of 3.
Aaron Hicks, who showed some signs of life at the pot, going 6 of 15 with a double, a triple and four RBI on a four-game stretch before going unsuccessfully on Tuesday, did not start. inning), but would likely play Thursday, according to Boone.
Joey Gallo was also in lineup and has extended his recent funk to 0 out of 10 with six strikeouts and four walks in his last five games.
Torres, who also did not start, was eliminated as a pinch hitter for Carpenter and later went down again. He had been 8 out of 20 with five doubles and a homer in his previous five games.