'Boomer And Gio': How Big Of A Concern Is Domingo German's Innings Limit?

Boomer and Gio
August 14, 2019 - 9:37 am

How big of a factor will Domingo German's innings limit be down the stretch for the Yankees?

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That was a topic WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti discussed Wednesday after German won his MLB-leading 16th game Tuesday night, 8-3 over the Orioles.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has admitted an innings limit for German exists but says no specific number has been set. Between the Yankees and a rehab stop in Triple-A, German has now pitched 120 innings this season. The most he pitched in any previous season was 123 2/3. 

Would the Yankees dare sit German like the Washington Nationals did with Stephen Strasburg in 2012?

"That's why maybe it was so important that a pitcher was on the horizon for the Yankees that (general manager) Brian Cashman never acquired, but maybe he thinks that (Luis) Severino can fill that void or maybe he thinks that CC Sabathia can fill that void," Esiason said on Wednesday's "Boomer and Gio" show. "Or maybe he'll just go with a bullpen-by-committee game in the playoffs."

Giannotti noted that Boone and Cashman recently said that German's hip flexor injury earlier this year helped shave some innings off his season workload and that they believe the 27-year-old pitcher still has a lot left in the tank.

Gio also said that if there weren't an innings limit he believes German would be the clear choice to start Game 1 in an American League Division Series. Esiason thinks it would be Mashairo Tanaka.

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"Tanaka gave you a great last start," Giannotti said. "The guy was unbelievable. German's been better for a longer stretch. He has been. He's been their best pitcher!"

"I know he has, but I'm just telling you they'd probably give it to Tanaka out of seniority, out of history and everything else," Esiason said.

To lisen to the open from Wednesday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.