Yanks Lose Domingo “Perfect Game” German For Season As He Enters Treatment Facility For Alcohol Abuse

New York Yankees right-hander Domingo German has taken a crucial step in addressing his health and well-being by voluntarily entering inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse.

The team made the announcement on Wednesday, placing German on the restricted list while he undergoes treatment.

In a statement, the Yankees emphasized the importance of supporting German during this challenging time: “It is critical that Domingo completely focuses on addressing his health and well-being,” the team said. “We will respect his privacy as he begins this process.”

General manager Brian Cashman also spoke to the media about the situation, expressing his concern and support for German. He confirmed that German will not be returning to the mound for the rest of the season.

“Certainly it’s a very serious issue that affects way too many people, unfortunately, and 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, and these treatment places are significant steps hopefully to helping him get the tools to solve it,” Cashman said.

Domingo German’s career has seen its share of ups and downs. While he recently pitched the 24th perfect game in major league history against the Oakland Athletics in June, he has struggled to find consistency this season, with a 5-7 record and a 4.56 ERA.

Unfortunately, German has faced troubles both on and off the field throughout his career. He served a 10-game suspension in May for using an illegal sticky substance on the mound, and earlier in his career, he was banned for 81 games due to an alleged domestic violence incident.

The Yankees organization has stood by German, recognizing his potential and the times he has shined on the field. His perfect game was a poignant moment, as he dedicated it to his late uncle, shedding tears in the clubhouse after the game.

Cashman acknowledged that German’s issues extend beyond baseball and urged everyone to offer their support during this difficult period.

“I’m just worried right now for the person and the immediate family,” Cashman said. “Domingo Germán has certainly been a part of the Yankee family, and he’s dealing with a very serious issue, and I certainly think we’re all going to keep him in our prayers as he takes very important but necessary steps in trying to deal with this problem.”

The Yankees have experienced a similar situation in the past, as CC Sabathia, a starting pitcher, also entered treatment for alcohol abuse during the 2015 season. Manager Aaron Boone and the entire team has rallied behind German, expressing their concern and compassion for their teammate.

Ace Gerrit Cole spoke about the impact of German’s situation on the team: “It just affects you as a human being,” he said. “You care about your teammates. You care about your teammates’ families. So it’s a sad situation, and you want the best for Domingo.”

As German focuses on his recovery and well-being, the Yankees and their fans will undoubtedly be rooting for his healing and eventual return to the mound when he’s better.

 

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