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Yankees Pitcher Domingo German Enters Treatment for Alcohol - Newstbt.com

Tiffany Burroughs
Updated: 3 August 2023
3 min to read

Domingo German, the starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, has decided to get help for alcohol abuse and has taken a leave of absence from the ball club.
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On Friday, the New York Yankees announced Domingo German will miss the rest of the season to enter a counseling program for alcohol abuse. Just 35 days ago, German made history when he pitched the 24th perfect game in MLB history, becoming the fourth Yankees pitcher to do so – joining Don Larson, David Cone, and David Wells in the record books. German, who was born in the Dominican Republic, joined the Yankees organization in 2009 and has since amassed a 31-28 record in 112 games, recording a 4.41 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 543 strikeouts in his ten-year career. Although a successful season in many respects, this year has been tumultuous for German; in May, German was suspended for ten games for using an illegal substance.

Just this Friday the New York Yankees announced that Domingo German, the right-handed pitcher originally from the Dominican Republic, will not play for the remainder of this season after entering a counseling program to address his alcohol abuse. German, who is set to turn 31-years old, has had a remarkable season so far and achieved perfection on the diamond, completing his 24th perfect game in MLB history, joining Don Larson, David Cone, and David Wells as the fourth Yankees pitcher to do so. German, who has been with the Yankees since 2009, has since then completed 112 games with a 31-28 record, recording a 4.41 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 543 strikeouts. This season has been somewhat tumultuous for German, with a 5-7 record, 4.56 ERA, and 1.08 WHIP, as he was suspended for ten games in May for using an illegal substance. Despite this, German will be remembered as a great player who etched his name in the history books.

After German’s hands were found to have a sticky substance during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, he was ejected by the umpires. German maintained that it was sweat and rosin, yet the home plate umpire did not believe him and ejected him from the game. Consequently, German’s season was brought to an end.

Season Over for German

German Domingo has been placed on the restricted list by the Yankees while he undergoes treatment. The remainder of the season will be missed by Domingo, as it is critical that he focuses on his health and well-being. In an official statement, the Yankees expressed their respect for Domingo’s privacy as he embarks on this journey. Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged that many people are affected by this very serious issue and expressed his hope that the necessary steps Domingo is taking will benefit him for the rest of his life. This is not the first time a Yankees player has sought rehab during the season; left-handed starter CC Sabathia underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in September 2015.

Nestor Cortes, a left-hander, will step into former Yankee pitcher German’s spot in the rotation after German’s retirement in 2019 upon getting sober. Cortes, who was out of action due to a shoulder injury for the past two months, will join a team which is currently placed in the American League East Cellar.

Yankees in the AL East Cellar

The New York Yankees are currently 56-52 and sitting in last place in the American League East, ten games behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles. As one of four teams within reach of the AL Wild Card, the Yankees trail the three teams above them—the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays—by 3.5 games. Both the Astros and Blue Jays tried to shore up their postseason chances, trading to acquire Justin Verlander from the New York Mets and Jordan Hicks from the St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. The Yankees, however, chose to stand pat at the trade deadline and were unable to attain MVP-favorite Shohei Ohtani from the Los Angeles Angels. According to FanGraphs, the Yankees have a 20.6% chance of making the playoffs and a 1.0% chance to win the World Series.

Entering the 2023 season, the Yankees were a popular pick to take home the World Series title, however, their chances of doing so have dropped significantly according to DraftKings. Odds of the Yankees winning the World Series have fallen to +5000, and their chances of winning the American League pennant are now +2500.

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Updated: 3 August 2023
3 min to read

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