One night after a triumphant return for Luis Severino, the Yankees welcomed back Domingo German to their new-look bullpen.
German, who started 18 games and pitched in relief three times this season, was activated off the 10-day injured list before Wednesday night’s series finale against Texas. German had been out since Aug. 1 with a sore shoulder.
"He's pitched out of the pen a couple times for us even this year, so he is comfortable doing it," Aaron Boone said before the Yankees' 7-3 win over Texas. "There's a little bit of comfort in that. But at the end of the day, this is a really good pitcher that we're getting back to hopefully be a big part of this. He's not built up like he would be if he was starting, but he should be able to give us a couple of innings."
Severino threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts on Tuesday in his first big league game since Oct. 15, 2019.
The Yankees sent outfielder Estevan Florial to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for German.
Taillon rehab start
Jameson Taillon (right ankle tendon injury) threw three innings for Scranton in a rehab start against the Mets’ Syracuse affiliate. Taillon allowed four hits and two runs and struck out two in a 51-pitch effort.
Taillon was matched up against Noah Syndergaard, who threw one perfect inning (11 pitches).
Voit gets nod
Texas started lefthander Taylor Hearn on Wednesday night, so Boone sat Anthony Rizzo and played Luke Voit at first because the DH spot wasn’t available for Voit (it was occupied for the second straight night by a "banged-up" Aaron Judge).
"That was the toughest decision coming into today," Boone said. "I just really liked the matchup for Luke and feel like he's still a guy that is going to play a big role for us continuing to move down the stretch."
Yankees relievers allowed no runs, four hits and no walks with 15 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings in the three-game series . . . The Yankees have homered in 15 straight games . . . The Yankees, who hold a half-game lead over Toronto in the battle for the second wild card, are idle on Thursday. The Blue Jays will begin a four-game series against the Twins and can tie the Yankees at 86-67 with a win.