Yankees' German Placed On Administrative Leave Amid Domestic Violence Investigation

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Domingo German was placed on administrative leave Thursday while baseball officials investigate a domestic violence allegation against the Yankees pitcher. 

"We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioners’ 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."

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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 19, 2019

German's leave may "last up to seven days, barring an extension" according to the MLB's policy. The Office of the Commissioner has begun an investigation into the matter that led to German being placed under administrative leave. 

The alleged incident occurred sometime after the Yankees returned from their recent three-game road trip against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to TMZ Sports. There are conflicting reports about what exactly happened. Per The New York Times' Bob Klapisch, German allegedly slapped his girlfriend during an argument that was witnessed by an official with the MLB commissioner's office. The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, however, reported that the incident occurred at German's home late Monday or early Tuesday and was not witnessed by any MLB official.

According to Adler, there was no police report filed involving German and the issue was brought directly to the league Tuesday. 

"Brian (Cashman) and I will both address the team as a group later on," Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Thursday before the team's game against the Los Angeles Angels. "We will do that today and just offer our support to guys and kind of work through this as a team."

Boone later told Mike Francesa on WFAN that he only found out about the situation Thursday and that the team had no new information, as the matter is in Major League Baseball's hands. 

The Yankees also announced that German was placed on the restricted list, which allows the team to fill the void left by the 27-year-old on the roster. New York signed pitcher Michael King to a major league contract and placed him on the active roster. 

A native of the Dominican Republic, German pitched in New York's 3-2 loss to the Angels on Wednesday. 

German was traded to the Yankees in 2014. He's in the middle of his third season with the team, where his 18 wins are the second most among American League pitchers — surpassing his previous career high (four). He has a 4.03 ERA through 143 innings pitched. 

The Yankees entered Thursday with a chance to clinch the AL East as their magic number is at one. There's not yet any indication of whether German will be a part of the Yankees' postseason roster.