After an off day Monday and a postponement of Wednesday's game against the Nationals, the Yankees opted to deploy a four-man rotation this week, resulting in German's start being skipped. Despite being tagged for six runs in five innings his last time out May 12 against the Athletics, German isn't in any immediate danger of losing his rotation spot with Jordan Montgomery (elbow) unlikely to be activated from the 10-day disabled list until late June. After his brief move to the bullpen over the weekend, German will line up for his next start Tuesday against the Royals in Kansas City.
German had a poor showing Saturday against the Athletics, allowing six runs on six hits and three walks and striking out just one. He did not factor into the decision.
German failed to come anywhere close to the effectiveness he showed the last time out, when he struck out six over six hitless innings against the Indians. He started out well again this time, facing the minimum through three innings, but was tagged for five runs in the fourth inning, three of which came on a Khris Davis homer. His ERA now sits at 4.26 on the season, with 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in 25.1 innings. It's an unremarkable profile but it's good enough for him to hold onto a temporary role at the back of the Yankees' rotation. The Yankees have off days on both Monday and Thursday, so if they choose to skip their fifth starter German may not be called upon until May 22 against the Rangers.
With Jordan Montgomery (elbow) on the disabled list, German got the first crack at filling the rotation spot and he made the most of the opportunity, no-hitting the Twins through six innings on just 84 pitches. His relievers weren't able to see through the combined no-hit bid, but it was still a brilliant outing from the 25-year-old, who was making his first career start after working out of the bullpen prior to Montgomery's injury. While he won't be holding opponents hitless every start, German almost certainly earned another look to show he can continue to be the guy in Montgomery's absence and it's worth keeping an eye on whether he can continue to provide solid fantasy value for as long as he's in the rotation.
Manager Aaron Boone said German will replace Jordan Montgomery (elbow) in the starting rotation for the time being, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
With Montgomery expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with a left elbow flexor strain, German will be afforded the first opportunity to fill in for him in the rotation. The 25-year-old came on in relief Tuesday after Montgomery exited and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four. Through five appearances this season, German owns a 3.77 ERA and 18:7 K:BB across 14.1 innings. It's unclear if he'll remain in the rotation for Montgomery's entire absence at this point, but that could depend on how he fares early on. His first start figures to come Sunday against the Indians.
German could start Sunday's game against the Indians if Jordan Montgomery (elbow) is placed on the disabled list, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Jordan Montgomery exited Tuesday's game against the Astros after one inning with left elbow tightness. German came on in relief and tossed four shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four. After the game, manager Aaron Boone announced that German would be the most likely candidate to fill Montgomery's spot in the rotation if his injury requires a trip to the disabled list. Montgomery is scheduled to undergo further testing on his elbow Wednesday.
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