Some things are bigger than sports.
New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán entered a treatment center for alcohol abuse, the team announced Wednesday. As a result, Germán will be placed on the restricted list. General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that Germán will not pitch for the team for the rest of the year.
“It’s a very serious issue that affects way too many people, unfortunately,” Cashman said before the Yankees hosted the Rays. “Hopefully the steps that are being taken today will really benefit him for the remaining part of his life because it’s a very serious problem that you need to address head-on. These treatment places are significant steps, hopefully towards helping him get the tools to solve it.”
Cashman said that the alcohol abuse issue had nothing to do with German being scratched from Monday’s start. He would come out of the bullpen instead and pitched five innings in the team’s 5-1 loss.
“Domingo Germán has agreed today to voluntarily submit to inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse,” the Yankees said in a press release today. “He will be placed on the restricted list for the time that he is away from the club. It is critical that Domingo completely focuses on addressing his health and well-being. We will respect his privacy as he begins this process.”
Here’s how fans are reacting:
Germán threw the 24th perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the first in 11 years back in June. It was the fourth perfect game in Yankees history, and Germán accomplished the feat on 99 pitches.
The 30-year-old previously served an 81-game suspension in 2019 and 2020 for violating MLB’s joint domestic violence policy.
In 2021, The Athletic reported that German was intoxicated the night that he became physically violent toward his then-girlfriend who eventually became his wife.
Germán, who is in his sixth season with the Yankees, holds a 5-7 record with a 4.56 ERA.
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