TAMPA — Domingo German faced batters for the first time this spring on Thursday, and according to Aaron Boone, the right-hander was “sharp” in the 20-pitch outing.
“He mixed his pitches and was under control,’’ the manager said of German, who hasn’t appeared in a game outside in the most recent winter league in the Dominican Republic since being suspended in September 2019 for violating MLB’s domestic violence protocols.
Boone noted German was able to work both sides of the plate and his two-seamer was effective.
“It was a good day for him,’’ Boone said.
There haven’t been many so far this spring for the 28-year-old, who is fighting for a spot in the rotation and also attempting to get back in the good graces of his teammates following his ban.
Recent comments from Luke Voit and Zack Britton have shown German will be watched closely by those around him.
Brett Gardner, the team’s longest-tenured player, said he was hoping for the best from German.
“It was tough when all that happened a year and half ago and it’s still tough to talk and think about it,’’ Gardner said. “He served his suspension and has gotten a second chance to be part of this team. I think it’s something he doesn’t take lightly. He was apologetic to the team when he spoke to us. It felt like he was coming from a good place and it was coming from the heart.”