On Thursday, the New York Yankees’ pitching staff lost one of its best assets in Domingo German. The MLB placed the 27-year-old pitcher on administrative leave under the league’s domestic violence policy.
German was having the best season of his MLB career. He owns an impressive 18-4 record and a 4.03 ERA.
Manager Aaron Boone discussed the situation with the media, saying “I give Major League Baseball and the players’ association credit for doing their part in, several years ago, trying to be ahead of this and putting disciplinary action in place, hopefully being part of the solution to what is a problem in our society.”
The Yankees knew German would be unavailable for the next few days, but the team wasn’t sure of his status for the rest of the season. With the playoffs coming up, the AL East champions are looking to capture their 28th World Series title.
Well, it turns out the Bronx Bombers will have to compete the rest of the way without German.
According to ESPN insider Buster Olney, German will not pitch in another game this year. This means he won’t be available in the postseason for the Yankees.
Domingo German’s case is not fully resolved administratively, but he will not pitch in an MLB game again this year, regular season or postseason.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 20, 2019
Since the Yankees won’t have German in their rotation the rest of the year, it puts pressure on Luis Severino to deliver. He returned to the team on Tuesday to make his season debut.
New York is currently battling the Houston Astros for home-field advantage throughout the postseason. We’ll see if the loss of German greatly affects the team’s pitching staff.