With the Yankees playing 6 video games in 5 days, Aaron Boone exposed that Luis Gil will go back to the group as their “sixth” starter, and will take the mound on Thursday versus the Chicago White Sox.
The 23-year-old will make his very first look of the season, and will have a hard challenger in the safeguarding AL Central Division Champions. However, the Yankees supervisor sees the skill that Gil brings and seems like this is the time for him to go back to the rotation, even if momentarily.
“The talent is obviously there. When he came up here last year he pitched well for us. Pitched in some important games for us,” Boone stated prior to Tuesday’s video game versus the Blue Jays. “He’s gotten off to a bit of a slow start in Triple-A but came off his best outing and has built up a starter’s load… he’s the guy to go to at this moment.”
Boone thinks that Gil can toss up to 100 pitches and associates winter for a few of his problems in the minors. After Thursday’s start, the rotation will return in line with Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery and Nestor Cortes to begin the remainder of the Chicago series.
Last season, Gil made 6 starts for the Yankees, and while he just gathered a 1-1 record, he pitched to a 3.08 age and started out 38 batters in 29-plus innings.
In 3 looks, and one start, in spring training Gil quit 5 runs in 7 innings pitched. In 5 starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he pitched to a 0-3 record and a substantial 9.53 PERIOD.
However, as Boone explains, Gil’s last start saw the young right-hander toss 5 innings of two-run ball while starting out 9 batters.
Gil’s very first start of 2022 will occur Thursday as the Yankees travel to Chicago to handle the White Sox at 8:10 p.m.