Few people can relate to what Domingo German did against the Oakland A's on Wednesday night. Most are aware that German was only the 24th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to pitch a perfect game. The 16th pitcher to do it was sitting by, enjoying every pitch.
New York Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman envisioned a much different pitching rotation heading north at the end of spring training in 2023. One by one, Pinstripe hurlers have gone down. The team announced another pitching injury to the ever-fragile Luis Severino on Saturday.
In professional sports, you don't want to plan on injuries. However, you have to be smart and prepare for them. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman lured the biggest pitching prize of the 2023 free agent market, Carlos Rodón, to the Bronx. The GM certainly didn't want to plan for his left-handed pitcher's replacement in mid-March.
The New York Yankees are rolling. The last thing that fans of opposing teams, like Red Sox Nation, want to hear is that the Yankees starting pitching is on the brink of getting stronger. That is exactly what is happening.
The New York Yankees starting rotation is always a revolving question-mark behind Gerrit Cole and maybe pretty reliable lefty, Jordan Montgomery. Will Luis Severino return to form in 2022? How is Jameson Taillon following his ankle surgery? Well, another question-mark presented itself on Thursday.
When a team is struggling like the New York Yankees have been, you need someone to step up with a Herculean effort sometimes to right the ship. An extracted tooth may have been just the thing to set Aaron Boone's Bronx Bombers sailing.
As the New York Yankees attempt to lock up the American League East and home field advantage very bad news comes in. Possibly their best pitcher Domingo German has been placed on Administrative Leave by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and placed on the Restricted List.