Yankees’ Domingo German dominates in first game since suspension

It was a small step back, but an impressive one for Domingo German.

The Yankees pitcher threw four hitless, scoreless innings, walking one and strikeout seven for Toros del Este in his 2020 Dominican League debut Monday night. It was the righty’s first time pitching in a professional game in 14 months after serving an 81-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence protocols.

The 28 year old is on the Yankees’ 40-man roster but is not a lock to return to a team in need of starting rotation help behind Gerrit Cole. German has three years of arbitration remaining. Even so, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner in October didn’t commit to having German on the team in 2021, calling what German did “horrific.”

“I have to absolutely feel comfortable that he deeply, deeply regrets and is sorry for what he did, and I absolutely have to be comfortable with the fact that he’s turned his life around,” Steinbrenner said on “The Michael Kay Show” at the time. “Those two things are for sure.”

German, who was 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 2019, has been making the wrong kind of headlines since then. He was suspended last September following an incident with the mother of his child. He was part of a dune buggy accident in February in his native Dominican Republic and had to backtrack from an Instagram post in July when he wrote that he was “walking away” from his baseball life.

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