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Domingo Germán should soon learn his fate

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Yankees pitcher Germán was placed on administrative leave in September pursuant to MLB’s domestic violence policy after he allegedly slapped his girlfriend in public. The New York Post reported over the weekend that Major League Baseball’s investigation into the matter is nearing a conclusion, so Germán and the Yankees should soon know his fate.

Germán is likely facing an additional suspension to start the 2020 season. How much time he missed depends upon the severity of the actions as determined by MLB. Suspensions have ranged from the 15-game suspension Jeurys Familia received in 2017 to Roberto Osuna‘s 75-game suspension in 2018.

Germán, 27, was an important pitcher for the Yankees in 2019, going 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 27 games. While it obviously pales compared to the real world consequences of his alleged actions, he cost his team his services in the postseason and will likely cost them again at the outset of the 2020 season.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.