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Yankees' Domingo German placed on administrative leave under MLB-MLBPA joint domestic violence policy

Domingo German of the Yankees pitches against the

Domingo German of the Yankees pitches against the Angels at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Domingo German, who emerged as a surprising ace this season for the Yankees, has been placed on administrative under Major League Baseball's  domestic violence policy.

MLB released the news Thursday afternoon.

“We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner’s Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence,” the Yankees said in a statement. “We 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 will 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 matter should be directed to the Office of the Commissioner.”

In accordance with the joint policy, agreed upon between MLB and the Players Association, the initial period of administrative leave may last up to seven days, “barring an extension,” essentially making the leave an indefinite one.

“When you hear the words domestic violence,” Aaron Boone said late Thursday afternoon, “it’s one of those things that stops you in your tracks.”

The details of the alleged incident involving the 27-year-old German, 18-4 with a 4.04 ERA this season, have not been released. Multiple sources said there is no police report.

“Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations has commenced an investigation into the matter that led to his placement on Administrative Leave,” MLB said in its statement. “MLB will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.”

Boone said he and his players heard the news just around the same time everyone else did — when MLB sent out its news release via email on Thursday afternoon. Boone said he and general manager Brian Cashman would address the team before Thursday night’s game against the Angels. With a win, the Yankees would clinch their first AL East title since 2012.

“I haven’t thought of exactly what I’ll say," Boone said. "Obviously, this is fresh. I’ll get up there and talk as a group, as a family, and speak from the heart about it. ... There’s no denying the importance of Domingo to our team, so there is that element of we must continue on and continue to press forward. But it’s also, this is something that touches our society, unfortunately. Hopefully, that’s a forum for players to talk through it or have comments or questions, whatever, and there’s no script you go off for this so you just as best you can deal with it, handle it and offer the right kind of support.”

Cashman, citing MLB’s strict policy for teams during an on-going investigation, declined to comment.  

As a corresponding roster move to German being placed on administrative leave, the Yankees signed Mike King to a major league contract and added him to the active roster. King is .one of the organization’s top pitching prospects who missed half of the season after suffering a stress reaction in his right elbow.

King, won’t be a factor in October and never was supposed to be, the polar opposite of German.  

German pitched out of the bullpen in relief of CC Sabathia on Wednesday night in preparation for a possible role change during the postseason, part of, as Boone has said frequently in recent weeks, everything being “on the table” for the Yankees’ October pitching plans.

“We have to certainly make plans like he may not be a part of it,” Boone said. “In that way, when you’re talking about plans for postseason and things like that, it does turn into like losing a player to injury or whatever. It’s part of the pie that we’re dealing with as we move forward in making evaluations and determinations and formulating our roster and things like that. This is another piece to that.”


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