ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Domingo German is set to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday, when he’s scheduled to start for Class-A Tampa.
He threw a bullpen session at Tropicana Field prior to the Yankees series opener against the Rays on Monday as he closes in on a return from the shoulder impingement that’s sidelined him since the spring.
It’s still unclear how the Yankees intend to use the right-hander when he’s ready to return, but he will at least begin the assignment with the idea of building him up as a starter.
And while the bullpen has mostly thrived despite the absence of some important relievers, they gave up five runs in three innings in a rare bad performance in Sunday’s loss in Toronto, when Miguel Castro and Wandy Peralta both gave up damaging homers.
But several other pitchers are at least getting closer to a return, with Aroldis Chapman scheduled to throw live batting practice on Tuesday at the team’s player development complex in Tampa and Zack Britton a bullpen session.
Aaron Boone said Chapman, who’s been out since May 24 with left Achilles tendinitis, would “most likely” need to go on a rehab assignment before returning to the Yankees.
Britton remains “a ways away” from a rehab assignment in his comeback from last year’s UCL surgery. The Yankees expect the left-hander to be able to return later in the season.
Britton has primarily been working in Tampa, but is scheduled to go back to New York with the team following the series here.
“He’s done most of his rehab [in Tampa] and now he can get with us and our trainers as he gets closer,’’ Boone said.
Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder inflammation) played catch from 105 feet at Tropicana Field on Monday and should be able to throw a bullpen at some point during the Yankees’ upcoming homestand.
Ryan Weber rejected an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and instead chose free agency, the Yankees announced Monday.
The right-hander was designated for assignment after he pitched effectively in his lone appearance with the Yankees last Thursday, when he was called up after Luis Severino was placed on the COVID IL, forcing him to miss that start, with Clarke Schmidt taking his spot in the game before Weber took over in the win over the Rays.
The 31-year-old signed a minor league deal in the offseason and pitched well at SWB before getting called up to The Bronx. Weber has a 5.22 ERA in 64 career appearances.
The Yankees hit five more homers in Sunday’s loss in Toronto and had an MLB-high 110 home runs this season entering Monday’s game. Sunday was their third game of the year with at least five homers and their 12th with at least four.
The 12 games are their most through 66 games in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of eight set in 2017. Only the 1999 Mariners hit more (13).
Anthony Rizzo’s pinch-hit homer on Sunday was the first of his career. It was the Yankees’ second pinch-hit home run of the year, with Tim Locastro hitting the other.