Prior to Saturday’s split-squad action, the Yankees optioned RHP Domingo German to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This move likely signals Jonathan Holder will secure the final spot in the bullpen to begin the season and puts a bow on the club’s 25-man roster.
Roster Move: Prior to today’s games, the Yankees optioned RHP Domingo Germán to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 24, 2018
German posted solid numbers in two Spring Training starts, as he pitched to a 2.30 ERA in 15 innings of work to go along with 17 strikeouts and six walks. It will be interesting to see if the Yankees take their time with the talented 25-year-old and develop him as a future member of the starting rotation, or see him as an immediate call-up for the bullpen if injuries arise this year.
As for the rest of the Opening Day roster, it appears Aaron Boone could be leaning towards this combination to begin the season:
The Yankees appear solid at every position as the season rapidly approaches, and they’ve remained relatively healthy throughout Spring Training, except for two corner infield guys.
Brandon Drury is nursing a sore elbow, and Greg Bird left Saturday’s game early with a sore right foot — the same foot that bothered him last year. Neil Walker, and perhaps Miguel Andujar, would be options at first if Bird should miss some time. Walker, Andujar, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade could step in over at the hot corner if Drury’s injury causes him to miss any time early this season.
However, the injuries or lack of depth at the back-end of the starting rotation shouldn’t change expectations for this team heading into Opening Day. The Yankees possess the offensive firepower and the explosive arms needed to win a championship in 2018.
It will be fun to see how Boone and his staff use the talented youth in the minors throughout the season as injuries arise and ultimately what the entire picture of the team will look like when it’s time to put the bats and gloves away once again next winter.