The Yankees ended right-hander Domingo Germán's season prematurely on Wednesday evening, revealing that the pitcher would be spending the remainder of the season on the restricted list. This decree, at least temporarily, ended his deeply controversial tenure with the organization.
GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone seemed deeply shaken while discussing (without much detail) Germán's latest indiscretion on Wednesday evening. According to further details that emerged thanks to Andy Martino of SNY on Thursday, the incident that resulted in his voluntary submission to inpatient treatment was not related to domestic violence. Germán is neither under investigation by the league, nor is he "currently in violation of the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy."
Per Martino's reporting, the reason Cashman and Boone seemed so stunned was because Germán was "belligerent" and struggled to control his emotions in the clubhouse on Tuesday.
According to those involved, there was no physical altercation with teammates or anyone present. Still, the incident served as an obvious cry for help from a man who's battled similar demons in the past.
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UPDATE: It gets worse, as we learned on Friday morning. This is bad.
The team still insists that the details of Germán's bizarre injury over the weekend were entirely unrelated to this inciting incident. They continue to maintain that the righty's armpit was producing so much pain on Sunday that it rendered him unable to throw. They also have confidently stated he was unable to see a doctor until too close to gametime for him to start on Monday, but he was cleared to throw by pregame warmups and was able to relieve a struggling Jhony Brito.
The very next night, while the team on the field suffered another dispiriting loss to the Rays, the incident that triggered his placement on the restricted list reportedly occurred.
We'll share more details when we're able to, but from the limited tidbits we currently have, Germán sounds like a man who needs all sorts of non-baseball help, for the sake of both himself and his family.