The baseball world was shocked at the news that Yankees pitcher Domingo German has entered rehab treatment for alcohol abuse following a troubling incident in the team’s clubhouse.
According to SNY, the 31-year-old pitcher “grew belligerent” and had confrontations with members of the team, including Manager Aaron Boone, on Tuesday
He is also said to have smashed a TV and flipped over a couch.
German, who was reportedly intoxicated during the altercation, had disagreements with Boone. The Wall Street Journal reported that the situation escalated to the point where the pitcher had to be held in a sauna in an attempt to sweat out the alcohol.
He was said to not be in control of his emotions.
Domingo Germán grew “belligerent” while in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, per @martinonyc.
— Bronx Bombers News (@NewsBronx) August 3, 2023
Following the incident, German made the decision to seek treatment and was placed on the restricted list by the Yankees. This move was met with full support from the General Manager Brian Cashman.
“It’s a very serious issue that affects way too many people, unfortunately,” Cashman said. “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.”
German’s struggles with alcohol are not the first concerning incident in his career. He was previously suspended for 81 games due to an alleged domestic violence incident.
Despite the situation, German has received support from his teammate and star pitcher, Gerrit Cole.
“It’s been tough,” Cole expressed. “You care about your teammates and you care about your teammates’ families. It’s a sad situation, and you want the best for Domingo.”
As a result of the incident and subsequent treatment, German is expected to miss the remainder of the season. The Yankees are currently facing a challenging race for the final AL wild-card spot, as they are 2.5 games back.
While the Bombers focus on a potential playoff run, German is attempting to get himself better and it seems like he has the organization’s full support.
In this season Domingo German has:
1. Been suspended for sticky stuff
2. Give up 10 runs in a start
3. Thrown a perfect game the one after
4. Been placed on the restricted list for alcohol abuse
— db (Sports=Pain) (@db1207_) August 2, 2023