Domingo German impresses again in long road back to Yankees

Domingo German took another small step back to the Yankees on Tuesday.

The right-hander made his second straight impressive start in the Dominican Winter League for Toros del Este, allowing one run and three hits over five innings in a 3-2 win over Leones del Escogido. The 28-year-old threw four no-hit innings in his Dominican League debut last week while striking out seven.

German’s encouraging performance on the mound, though, is not the biggest factor in his return to the Yankees. German was suspended for a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend that occurred in September 2019 and missed the entire coronavirus-shortened 2020 season.

“Hopefully he puts himself back in the mix,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the YES Network this week.

The decision ultimately belongs to owner Hal Steinbrenner.

“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 conclusion of Yankees season. “Those two things are for sure.”

German was in the midst of a breakout season in 2019 — 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA — when the disturbing accusations emerged and the Yankees pulled him from the team as the MLB’s investigation began.

In his time away from the Yankees, German was involved in a dune buggy accident in February then later posted on Instagram that he was “walking away” from baseball before backtracking.

If the Yankees give German another chance, he would likely slot into a rotation that is currently only occupied by Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery.

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