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Domingo Germán suspended 81 games under MLB’s domestic violence policy

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Major League Baseball has announced that Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán has been suspended 81 games under Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Because the punishment is applied retroactively, Germán will only miss the first 63 games of the season as he was placed on administrative leave in mid-September.

Germán, 27, allegedly slapped his girlfriend in public during an argument. Germán is not appealing his suspension. His punishment comes in a bit under that of Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera, who was suspended through the end of the 2019 regular season, which amounted to 85 games.

This past season, Germán went 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA and a 153/39 K/BB ratio across 143 innings. The Yankees were well-prepared to deal with the loss of Germán from the starting rotation, inking Gerrit Cole to a record (for a pitcher) nine-year, $324 million contract last month.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.