German ultimately missed just shy of a month of action owing to a hip flexor strain. He’ll rejoin the rotation this evening in a Subway Series matchup.
The Yanks will hope that the 26-year-old can get back to the form he showed for most of the early portion of the season. Through his first ten starts of the year, German carried a 2.60 ERA. He was tagged for seven long balls and 14 earned runs in his next three outings, though, leaving him with a cumulative 3.86 ERA over seventy total frames.
Despite an array of health issues and a few performance lapses, the Bronx Bombers are now easily pacing the AL East. But the rotation figures to be the prime area of focus at the deadline. The team’s need in that area will be reduced greatly if German can rediscover his groove. Tamping down on the long balls figures to be a key.