The New York Yankees sent right-hander Domingo Germán to the alternate training site after a poor start in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
German allowed four runs and eight hits in four innings, walked one and struck out five. After looking good in spring training, the right-hander has given up four home runs in seven innings in two starts this season.
German, 28, missed all of 2020 while serving the remainder of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy in 2019.
He publicly apologized for the incident, but declined to discuss the events that led to his ban. He also addressed his teammates in private.
The Yankees welcomed his return, but with some caution.
“We stand behind it,” slugger Luke Voit said in February. “But he’s skating on thin ice.”
German was a huge contributor before his suspension in 2019, going 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA. He secured the No. 3 spot in New York’s rotation after strong spring training, but those results have yet to translate into the regular season.
“I feel great … but that’s the way it is,” German said through a translator. “Hitters make adjustments and pitchers have to make adjustments. It’s up to me to make the right adjustments,” Germán said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.