After ample confusion about who would start Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, the team announced Chad Green would get the ball.
Previous reports had indicated the Yankees planned to call up 24-year-old Domingo Germán from AAA to make the start. In reality, the Yankees did promote Germán, but he will not make the start. In a corresponding move to clear a roster spot, the Yankees designated Tommy Layne for assignment.
Green has been effective for the Bombers in seven appearances out of the bullpen. He sports a 1.62 ERA, and has struck out 20 batters in 16⅔ innings. However, he is not stretched out to be a starter. His longest appearance of the season so far was 48 pitches on May 14 against the Houston Astros.Embed from Getty Images
“I wouldn’t say there is a set number that I feel comfortable,” Green said of his pitch count for Sunday. “I’m just going to go out there and throw strikes, get the defense off the field and just pound the zone.”
Germán has turned some heads since his promotion to AAA Scranton. He has a 2-1 record and a 3.76 ERA. The decision to promote him over someone with better stats (like Chance Adams) stems from the fact that Germán is already on the 40-man roster. He got the win for the RailRiders in their June 5 victory over Rochester.
Tommy Layne was seen packing his locker by many reporters before an announcement had been made. Layne appeared in Saturday’s rout of the Orioles, allowing one run on a hit and a walk. 2017 has not been impressive for the lefty, who has a 7.62 ERA in 19 appearances. The Yankees now have 10 days to waive Layne, trade him, release him or outright him if he clears waivers.Embed from Getty Images