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Yankees’ pitcher German will miss 63 games on domestic violence suspension

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees' Domingo German pitches during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, in Boston. Yankees pitcher Domingo German will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season as part of an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The league announced the suspension Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. German has agreed not to appeal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Pitcher Domingo German will miss 63 games at the start of the Yankees’ 2020 campaign after accepting a suspension for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend last September.

On Jan. 2, Major League Baseball announced that German has agreed to serve an 81-game suspension for the incident; the Yankees had placed him on unpaid leave after reports surfaced of the assault. The suspension is retroactive to late September, and includes the nine regular season games and nine postseason games he missed while on mandatory leave.

“I have concluded that Mr. German violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate,” MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement Thursday announcing the 81-game suspension’s details. 

German will also be undergoing “a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program” in addition to making contributions to a city based non-profit for victims of domestic violence called Sanctuary for Families, according to Manfred. 

The Yankees also released a statement on the matter, supporting Manfred’s decision: 

German’s last start was on Sept. 18, in a home loss to Anaheim. He finished 2019 with an 18-4 record and a 4.03 ERA. 

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