On Thursday, Yankees starter Domingo Germán returned to the mound for the first time since 2019. He faced five New York batters after missing part of 2019 and all of 2020 due to a domestic violence suspension. (Max Goodman on Twitter)
The right-hander threw 20 pitches to five teammates. After a shaky start, he settled in, forcing Giancarlo Stanton to ground out before striking out Clint Frazier. As manager Aaron Boone later detailed, "Domingo was good. I thought he was sharp and mixed his pitches as well. I thought he worked his fastball on both sides of the plate, both the two-seam and the four-seam. So good day for him." Germán has his work cut out for him, both on the mound and in the clubhouse. Still, the 28-year-old has a shot at making the team's Opening Day rotation. After all, he went 18-4 in 2019, posting an MLB-best .818 win percentage. The next month will be key for monitoring Germán's status.