New York Yankees starter Domingo German has been placed on MLB administrative leave while MLB investigates a domestic violence report.
Prior to tonight’s game, Domingo Germán was placed on administrative leave by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and placed on the Restricted List
The Yankees signed RHP Michael King (#73) to a Major League contract and selected him to the active roster.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 19, 2019
The incident reportedly took place in between Monday night and early Tuesday morning following CC Sabathia‘s ‘LegaCCy’ gala. Bob Klapisch of the New York Times added German allegedly slapped his girlfriend during a fight, which an MLB official witnessed.
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
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com added Yankees manager Aaron Boone ‘heard whispers’ of the incident, but was informed of German’s administrative leave on the way to the ballpark.
Aaron Boone said that he learned about Domingo German being placed on administrative leave during his drive to the park today, but he had “heard the whispers” prior to that.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 19, 2019
Following the news of German’s administrative leave, the Yankees released the following statement:
We fully support all measures being taken by the Commissioner’s office pursuant to the policy on domestic violence. We fully support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process. We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion. All questions pertaining to this manner should be directed to the office of the Commissioner.
Boone is currently making postseason plans that do not include German on the roster. If German is suspended for any length of time, he would be ineligible for the postseason and would have to serve his suspension for the rest of this season and the beginning of next season.