CLEVELAND — Aaron Boone announced his post-All-Star-break rotation Sunday afternoon, and the Yankees’ decision to give ace Luis Severino 10 days of rest between starts stood out.
Rookie righthander Domingo German will open the second half Friday at the Stadium against the Mets, followed by Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka.
Severino, who is expected to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Washington, will open the series in St. Petersburg against the Rays on July 23 and CC Sabathia will pitch a day later.
“That gives CC and Sevy both, and with Sevy obviously going to the All-Star Game, it gives them both a little extra time between their outings, which I feel like they could both really use,” Boone said Sunday before the Yankees’ 5-2 loss to the Indians. “And then with German and Tanaka, they’d both be going on their seventh day, so they get a little built-in extra [rest].”
Severino (14-2) again is an AL Cy Young Award candidate, but his last two starts before the break weren’t great. He allowed seven runs and 14 hits in 10 innings, raising his ERA from 1.98 to 2.31.
Boone said he hasn’t seen any “red flags or anything that I’m overly concerned about” with Severino. It’s just that the 24-year-old righthander, who threw 193 1⁄3 regular-season innings last year and already is at 128 1⁄3 innings this season, could use a breather.
“My guess is he’ll probably throw an inning in the All-Star Game, which hopefully can work kind of like a side [session] for him, but I think that [10-day] break at this point of the season, as much as we’ve leaned on him, hopefully is something that will be real beneficial for him,” Boone said.
“His innings are up and we’re cognizant of always trying, if we can, to steal him an extra day. I think in his last start everything was a little flatter, but a starting pitcher’s going to have those where they’re not as dominant. I’m not too concerned, but I do think a little extended break will allow him to be fresher in the second half.”
Notes & quotes: Chad Green, who had a mostly dominant first half, has allowed a home run in his last two outings, including Sunday. Michael Brantley’s home run in the eighth, on a fastball, broke a tie at 2. “That’s something I have to have more confidence in,” Green said of mixing in a few more sliders. “That’s something I have to keep working on.” . . . Gary Sanchez, on the disabled list since June 25 with a right groin strain, made quite a return to action in his first rehab game, hitting a long home run off rehabbing Ervin Santana in his second at-bat with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Sanchez, expected back in the lineup Friday against the Mets, went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts . . . After Sunday’s game, the Yankees optioned Clint Frazier to Scranton.