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’m told the incident involving Domingo German and his girlfriend occurred late Monday night/Tuesday morning in a public setting – he allegedly slapped her during an argument. According to an MLB source, the incident was witnessed by an official from the Commissioner’s office.
— Bob Klapisch (@BobKlap) September 19, 2019
“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:
Statement from the New York Yankees regarding MLB’s discipline of Domingo Germán: pic.twitter.com/huqHbYnJPA
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 2, 2020
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.