Yankees Domingo German placed on administrative leave
Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German has officially been placed on administrative leave under the league and Major League Baseball Players Associations’ domestic violence policy.
With nine games remaining in the regular season and the Yankees magic number at one to clinch their first AL East crown since 2012, Domingo German has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of domestic abuse.
Barring an extension, the initial period of absence may last up to a full seven days. After that, Commissioner Rob Manfred can decide to either extend the leave, suspend the player or reinstate him.
Though details pertaining to the case have yet to be released, the Yankees did release a statement per the NY Post.
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"“We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated,” the statement continued. “We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process.“We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion.”"
At 18-4, the 27-year-old German is the Yankees winningest pitcher this season. His 4.03 ERA, 1.147 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 across 143 innings has helped steady the rotation while Luis Severino battled back from multiple injuries, J.A. Happ fought through inconsistency and C.C. Sabathia limps towards the finish line of his illustrious career.
While it’s difficult to focus on the game when a potentially horrific situation such as allegations of domestic abuse are brought to light, that’s exactly what manager Aaron Boone and the Yanks must do as they head to the postseason, potentially without the talented Dominican-native.
Just recently, Boone went on record saying that he believed German would play a vital role for the Bombers during October — whether it was as a starter or out of the bullpen. For now, No. 19 pitching prospect Michael King has taken German’s spot on the active roster.