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Clarke Schmidt hurt and more on the Yankees starting pitching dilemma

Spring Training has barely even started yet the Yankees are already down one of their most highly touted prospects. The Yankees number 2 rated prospect Clarke Schmidt will miss the first month of the season due to a strained tendon in his elbow, therefore eliminating his chances to be in the Yankees rotation to start the season. Thankfully the injury is nothing related to the Tommy John surgery which he underwent in 2017 but the 25 year old was competing for a job in the rotation with lefty Jordan Montgomery, youngster Deivi Garcia and Domingo German, who is fresh off an ugly suspension after posting an 18 win season in 2019. Scmidt has had very limited action in his so far short career, posting an 0-1 record and 7.11 ERA over 3 appearances in 2020, his first action in the majors. Heading into spring training Deivi Garcia had the upper hand to win the number 5 starting job as he showed signs of greatness last season and drew praise from one of the best to ever do it and his idol, Pedro Martinez. With Luis Severino being out until summer, Jordan Montgomery looks like the man to fill the other spot in the rotation. The 6’6 left hander posted a 2-3 record and 5.11 ERA, which is not too impressive, but Monty showed what he is all about after saving the Yankees 2020 season by pitching an absolute gem in game 4 of the ALDS. Not to mention he is a lefty and the Yankees desperately need one in the rotation as the other 4 starters will all be right handers, before and after Severino comes back. Domingo German is the other man in the race. He had a great season in 2019 but things went south after he was suspended for domestic abuse. He missed all of the 2020 season and there were talks about him retiring and his mental health not being the best. By the time he takes the field this year it will be about 19 months since his last appearance in the MLB. German has a lot of work to do on the field and in the clubhouse, as he must earn back his teammates and coaches' trust, so it will be interesting to see if he can get back to his 2019 form. So what exactly does Schmidt's injury mean for the Yankees? Time will tell, if everything else goes as planned and no one gets hurt, then Schmidt being out for a month will not be a big deal. However, it is not a good sign seeing players getting hurt this early and knowing the injury histories of newcomers Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon, the depth of Schmidt may have been needed if one, or both of them go down, but it seems both are feeling great and are excited to be in pinstripes.

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