Earlier today Major League Baseball has placed New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German on administrative leave of absence under the league’s domestic violence policy, for allegedly slapping his girlfriend. No charges have been filed, and no police report has been reported.
Bob Klapisch of the New York Times reported that German allegedly slapped his girlfriend during an argument on Monday night, and a member of the commissioner’s office witnessed the incident. The league said in a statement it has “commenced an investigation into the matter,” via Lindsay Adler of The Athletic. The leave will last for up to seven days unless there is an extension by the league.
The Yankees released a statement on the matter also earlier today:
Statement from the New York Yankees Regarding Domingo Germán: pic.twitter.com/GjijwWiElB
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 19, 2019
MLB and the Yankees did not specify what led to German’s placement on administrative leave. Though later announcements indicated that German reportedly slapped his girlfriend in a public place which has prompted the investigation.
The 27-year-old has been consistent for the Yankees this season, producing a 4.03 ERA and an 18-4 record that gives him the best winning percentage (.818) in the majors.
He has made 24 starts on the year but has been used out of the bullpen in his last two outings as the Yankees prepare for the postseason. The Yankees are on the brink of clinching a playoff berth with a 99-54 record entering today against the Angels. Without German, the Yankees may be in a tough situation going up against the Houston Astros who have Cy Young candidates filling their rotation and bolstered that down by winning the trade deadline.