December 9, 2022

Domingo German close to coming off IL, rejoining Yankees

Reinforcements are on their way. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

“I mean, that’s what we’ll talk about the next couple days. obviously, that’s not a decision we’ll make or have to make for a couple more days at least because he’s not going to be ready to pitch for us for another three or four days anyway,” the manager said. “But we’ll have those kinds of internal conversations to see what makes the most sense. Whether it’s one more or just bring him now. Certainly another encouraging step for him, pitching as well as he did.”

German began the season on the injured list with what the team says is impingement syndrome in his right shoulder.

SHRINKING PLAYING TIME

Joey Gallo was not in the starting lineup for the second straight night Sunday. The struggling outfielder has been losing playing time because of his issues at the plate.

The lefty-hitting outfielder has struggled to adjust to playing for the Yankees, to say the least. In 128 games, Gallo is slashing .163/.295/.372 with a .666 OPS, 23 home runs, 43 RBI and 72 walks. He has struck out 180 times in 393 at-bats.

Boone is using veteran infielder Matt Carpenter in the outfield now to get his hot lefty bat in the lineup.

Boone said he hasn’t talked to Gallo about it yet.

“I haven’t. I try to have conversations as we go, but I haven’t yet,” Boone said.

The Yankees have explored ways to try and deal Gallo before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

LO’S CLOSE

Jonathan Loaisiga struck out one in a perfect inning pitched for Low Class-A Tampa Saturday, a big step towards his return from the injured list.

“Lo looked really good. I thought it was pretty good. He only threw 13 pitches, but he looked really sharp,” Boone said.

Loaisiga, who has been on the IL since late May with shoulder inflammation, is scheduled to throw in another rehab assignment with Scranton on Tuesday.

“We’ll see,” Boone said when asked if Loaisiga could be back before the All-Star break begins on Sunday night.  “Yeah, it’s possible. Just decide if we want to have him have one more.”

MARINACCIO THROWING

Ron Marinaccio, who was placed on the injured list last week with shoulder inflammation, has started throwing again. The right hander was shut down July 3 after throwing in a game in Cleveland.

“He’s doing well. He played catch I believe yesterday,” Boone said “I know he was encouraged by it. A little better than we had thought. So he should be on his way to start to build back up.”