NEW YORK (AP)Yankees pitcher Domingo German was reinstated from the restricted list by the commissioner’s office on Tuesday after completing an 81-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
The 28-year-old right-hander is not eligible to pitch in the postseason because he was on the restricted list on Sept. 15, the last date for postseason eligibility. He will be eligible to pitch at the start of spring training.
German was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 19 last year while MLB investigated an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child.
He missed the final nine games of the 2019 regular season and nine postseason games. German accepted an 81-game suspension on Jan. 2 and was credited with the 18 games served. He missed all 60 games of the 2020 regular season and the Yankees’ first-round sweep of Cleveland and their Division Series opener against Tampa Bay on Monday.
Under the terms of the domestic violence policy, German’s suspension cost him $34,153 of his $577,500 salary last year and his entire $229,509 prorated salary this year of what originally was $619,675.
He also did not accrue major league service during the suspension and at 2 years, 17 days remains shy of salary arbitration eligibility for 2021.
German was 18-3 with a 4.03 ERA at the time of his suspension, becoming the Yankees’ ace while Luis Severino was sidelined. German could compete for a spot next season in a rotation set to return Gerrit Cole, Deivi Garcia and Jordan Montgomery.
Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ could become free agents, and Severino will be rehabbing following Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020.
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