New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (76) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
By BRENDAN KUTY
NEW YORK — Yankees pitching prospect Domingo German is expected make Sunday’s start in place of Masahiro Tanaka, a person with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans told NJ Advance Media.
The person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the move, requested anonymity.
The Yankees pushed Masahiro Tanaka’s scheduled Sunday start against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium to Monday in Anaheim.
German, 24, was 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA in three starts (four games) at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees acquired German from the Marlins before the 2015 season as part of a five-player trade that also brought Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones to the Bronx. The Yankees sent David Phelps and Martin Prado to Miami in the deal.
German is on the Yankees’ 40-man roster.
The Yankees pushed Tanaka to Monday following his struggles this season against the Orioles and in general. The 28-year-old will take a 5-6 record and 6.55 ERA into Monday’s outing. He finished seventh in the American League Cy Young vote in 2016.
The Yankees promoted German to Triple-A from Double-A Trenton on May 18. At Double-A, German went 1-4 with a 3.55 ERA in six starts.
The Dominican Republic native has had a long journey to the majors.
He signed with the Marlins in 2009. In 2014, he played in the All-Star Futures game, striking out a pair of batters.
German needed Tommy John surgery at the end spring training in 2015. He lost his 40-man roster spot at the end of that season but the Yankees re-signed him.