Lindsey Adler of The Athletic dropped this bombshell on Twitter about an hour ago:
Major League Baseball has announced Domingo Germán has been placed in administrative leave under the league’s domestic violence policy. pic.twitter.com/qdVijHFQGG— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) September 19, 2019
MLB is currently conducting an investigation on the alleged incident. According to the policy, the initial period a player can remain on Administrative Leave is up to seven days. There is the option to extend if MLB needs more time with their investigation.
There are very little details available at this time. We do not know if this involves Germán’s domestic partner or his children. According to TMZ, a site that has broken verified stories in the past, the incident occurred when the Yankees returned home from their recent road trip in Toronto.
Here is an official statement from the Yankees:
Yankees statement on Domingo Germán: pic.twitter.com/oThmtjJqdV— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) September 19, 2019
The Yankees call up Mike King as the replacement for Germán on the roster. We will update this post if and when more details emerge.
UPDATE: There is new information coming in on the Germán situation. The biggest piece of news comes from Bob Klapisch:
I’m told the incident involving Domingo German and his girlfriend occurred late Monday night/Tuesday morning in a public setting – he allegedly slapped her during an argument. According to an MLB source, the incident was witnessed by an official from the Commissioner’s office.— Bob Klapisch (@BobKlap) September 19, 2019
If you connect the dots, this would suggest that the alleged incident potentially occurred at CC’s charity event. Of course, we don’t know this for sure, but the public setting where both players and league officials would be in the same space on the same date points to the gala.
Aaron Boone just finished speaking with the media on the incident. Here are a bunch of notes from that press conference:
Aaron Boone said that he learned about Domingo German being placed on administrative leave during his drive to the park today, but he had “heard the whispers” prior to that.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 19, 2019
Boone said that he and Brian Cashman will both address the team about Domingo German and “offer their support to guys and work together through this as a team.”— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 19, 2019
Yankees players were not informed Domingo Germán was going on leave before MLB made the announcement publicly, Aaron Boone said.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) September 19, 2019
Boone said that the Yankees will make plans for their postseason roster that do not include Domingo German.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 19, 2019
There is clearly a lot going on with this incident. We are still in the early stages of information so come back here for more updates as they arise.
UPDATE #2: As you would expect with a story like this, the public details of the incident continue to develop. Lindsey Adler, who first broke the news, tweeted out some more information. It appears the incident did not happen at CC’s gala, but rather Domingo’s home:
MLB’s investigation into Domingo Germán centers on an incident that sources told The Athletic took place at his residence late Monday/early Tuesday. This incident was not witnessed by an official of Major League Baseball, the sources said.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) September 19, 2019
This update raises some different questions that should sort themselves out in the next days, weeks and months.
Lindsey also had an update pertaining to the MLBPA’s stance on the matter:
The union had the right to appeal MLB’s decision to put Domingo Germán on administrative leave but declined to do so, sources told The Athletic.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) September 19, 2019
This may not bode well for Domingo. The general purpose of the union is to protect its members in various circumstances. Refusing to appeal could indicate that the evidence and information presented to them was pretty damning. This is obviously speculation at this point, but this decision is telling.
If there are more updates, we will post them here.