Yankees’ Domingo German, Jonathan Loaisiga could return before All-Star break
BOSTON — The Yankees could salvage a valuable pair of arms before the All-Star break.
Domingo German had another solid start in rehab on Saturday, pitching four scoreless innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Manager Aaron Boone says the organization will discuss the right-hander’s next move, which could be another minor start. But Boone hasn’t ruled out a possible move to the majors, with the German coming out of the bullpen.
He has been out since the spring due to a right shoulder impingement.
Jonathan Loaisiga, who was sidelined with an inflamed right shoulder, began a rehab mission Saturday night with Low-A Tampa, throwing 13 pitches in one hitless inning, with one strikeout.
Boone said Loaisiga would then kick off another round with SWB on Tuesday, with a possible return to the Bronx to follow.
Loaisiga has been less effective this season after his breakout year in 2021, but remains a valued member of the featherweight.
Anthony Rizzo returned to the lineup Saturday in the Yankees’ 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park after missing four straight games with lower back stiffness and hitting two braces.
« Everything, as the game went on, felt more comfortable, » Rizzo said.
Boone said he was confident the problem was behind Rizzo, as the first baseman dealt with a similar problem in years past and typically only missed a handful of games.
After Giancarlo Stanton said he would be interested in competing in the Home Run Derby now that he’s an All-Star, Boone said he was okay with the slugger taking part.
« If he wants to do it, then go get them, » Boone said. « He knows himself very well. »
All-Star Judge Aaron Judge has previously said he has no plans to compete in the derby again unless it’s at Yankee Stadium.
Matt Carpenter doesn’t exactly have a new home in the outfield, but the Yankees are clearly getting more and more comfortable using him there. He started in left field for a second straight night at Fenway and reached base in all three plate appearances before being called out for pinch runner Joey Gallo.
Boone said he’s always looking to make the best use of Carpenter, who has established himself in the lineup by continuing to hit since signing in May.
He hit his ninth home run of the season on Friday and although Boone said he liked Carpenter as a left-handed hitter off the bench, Carpenter had more success off the start. His nine homers came while he was in the starting lineup.
« I’ll take it as it comes, » Boone said of how he expects to use Carpenter. « I’m happy at this stage of the season to have more threats and the outfield is an option for him. It’s not an everyday role.
Gleyber Torres rode a career-best four-game multi-hit streak on Saturday as he continued to put the previous two seasons behind him.
« He uses his lower half better, » Boone said. “All year, he had good swings. He is constantly in a very strong position.
After Lucas Luetge ended the victory on Friday by pitching 3 ¹/₃ scoreless innings, Boone said he had no intention of keeping the southpaw in the game that long, but he was so effective that he chose to stay with him.
“He had really good pace and saved the back of the bullpen,” Boone said.