Yankees re-instate SP Domingo German, what now?

Alexander Wilson
New York Yankees, Domingo German
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) reacts after allowing a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz (not pictured) during the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have reinstated starting pitcher Domingo German from the restricted list. After striking his girlfriend in a domestic dispute in front of an MLB employee, German was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season.

German sustained an 81 game suspension from the league for breaking their domestic violence policy. He began serving it last year, missing nine games in the regular season and nine in the postseason. He wasn’t charged with a crime, but hopefully, he learned something important from this significant flaw in his personality. Striking women or engaging in any physical behavior should not be tolerated, and he was publicly humiliated for this mistake.

Despite not being charged with a crime, Commissioner Rob Manfred made it a priority to discipline him and show him why it is unacceptable to do such a thing.

German’s fluctuation the past two months have been interesting, going from stating his retirement from baseball on Instagram to making a 180 and apologizing for his inauspicious messages.

What happens now with the Yankees and German?

In 2019, German was solid, finishing the year with an 18-4 record in 27 appearances, logging a 4.03 ERA. He earned 153 strikeouts over 153 innings. He has a 10.1 strikeout per nine innings in his career.

Despite being reinstated, German will not be available for the postseason and will have to wait out the remainder of the 2020 campaign before he can re-join the Yankees.