Yankees recall Domingo German, Justus Sheffield from Triple-A
To make room on the 40-man roster for Sheffield, outfielder Clint Frazier was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
German was with the Yankees for the first half of the season, and went 2-6 with a 5.68 ERA in 19 games (13 starts) before being optioned to Triple-A on July 21. He left his first (and only regular-season) outing with SWB after one inning because of an arm issue, ended up spending a month on the disabled list, and finished the minor-league regular season 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA in 8 1/3 innings across four games (three starts) between the RailRiders, the GCL Yankees East, and the Class-A Advanced Tampa Tarpons.
The right-hander was also on SWB's roster for the recent Governors' Cup Finals against Durham, making two starts and allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He threw 43 and 46 pitches in those two outings, so he is fairly stretched out and should be available immediately out of the Yankees' bullpen.
Sheffield, 22, is considered by most outlets to be the top prospect in the organization. He began the year at Double-A Trenton, going 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts before being promoted to Triple-A on May 4. With the RailRiders, Sheffield was 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 20 games (15 starts) overall, and was moved to the bullpen in August to prepare for a potential eventual role with the Yankees in September.
In that role, Sheffield was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 13 1/3 innings across five outings during the regular season, and in the Triple-A postseason, he appeared in three of the RailRiders' nine games, posting a 3.60 ERA in five innings.
Frazier missed almost all of Spring Training and the first month of the season due to a concussion suffered back in February, and has been battling post-concussion issues all season since. He began a rehab assignment in late August and was scheduled to be part of Trenton's initial postseason roster, but was instead shut down for the season after suffering another setback.
The outfielder finishes his 2018 with a .265/.390/.353 slash line and one RBI in 15 major-league games, and a .311/.389/.574 slash line with 10 home runs and 21 RBI in 48 Triple-A games. He also appeared in six games with Tampa during his rehab assignments, going 5-for-20 with one homer and three RBI.