Moosic, Pa. — Domingo German threw in live action for the first time in about three weeks in a rehab start with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Thursday.
Recovering from a left hip flexor strain, German worked through four innings with his 65-pitch limit against the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. He allowed four runs on four hits, walked two batters and struck out five in the outing.
“He probably wasn’t as sharp as he’s been throughout the season, but I’ll tell you what it was pretty sharp,” RailRiders manager Jay Bell said. “That breaking ball was working well tonight. He found a way to make some good pitches.”
German said he felt stronger now that he’s fully recovered. His fastball velocity sat in the low 90s — a couple ticks below his usual average — topping out at 93 mph. But German isn’t worried.
“Mainly, I just wanted to see how I felt in terms of my body,” German said through a translator. “My arm, I wasn’t too concerned. I know it’s something I can dig deeper and utilize the velocity when needed.”
The 26-year-old dazzled through his first two innings, as he struck out four of the first six batters he faced. The first three strikeouts came from off-speed pitches, whereas he earned his fourth punch out with a rising fastball.
“As far as I felt physically, everything went fine as far as my arm and the injury,” German said. “I am where I want to be.”
He ran into some trouble in the third, where he served up a pair of two-run home runs — both coming as a result of hanging breaking balls.
“He gave up the two home runs which I know were a little disappointing for him, but I thought he did a pretty admirable job tonight,” Bell said.
The next step for German is a return to the Yankees. According to him, the Yankees have him slated to make his first start back on Wednesday against Mets.
He will have to wait another five days to see his teammates while they enjoy a trip across the pond to London.
“Seeing guys post and all that stuff, I feel good about them having a good time,” German said, smiling.