German was placed on administrative leave on September 19th due to an incident that included his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child with. The pitcher will not appeal this punishment, as he will also participate in an evaluation and a treatment program. Despite him missing the first two-plus months of the season, he will be eligible for the 2020 Postseason should the Yankees make it since he sat out the 2019 Postseason.
This is now the longest suspension handed down by the league under their domestic violence policy, beating the 40-game ban that Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell received following allegations from his ex-wife in 2018. The 27-year-old German was the Yankees' top starter before exiting last season, as he went 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances, as he totaled 143 innings. He does have a salary of $577,500, which he will not be paid for while he serves the punishment.