WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Six New York Yankees players tested positive for COVID-19.
- The Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox was postponed due to the incident.
- The game postponement marked the eighth time in MLB due to positive cases among the teams.
Sources told ESPN that six New York Yankees players have tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, including all-star outfielder Aaron Judge.
The team’s home game against the Boston Red Sox was suspended following the incident. All other players from the line-up were mandated to undergo testing as well.
Aside from Judge, among those who contracted the virus were third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka, who initially tested positive on rapid tests, per ESPN’s Buster Olney. Meanwhile, relievers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta were confirmed cases and were put under COVID-19 injured list, as mentioned by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
“It’s a fluid situation that could spread,” Cashman said. “It has spread to some degree.”
The latest outbreak was the second time that the Yankees had dealt with the virus this year. The resurgence happened even though the whole team was already at least 85 percent fully-vaccinated. Two months ago, several Yankees coaches got infected with the virus like pitching coach Matt Blake, third-base coach Phil Nevin, and first-base coach Reggie Willits.
Nevin was hospitalized for over three weeks, and was glad that he was already vaccinated, noting that it saved him against a fatal consequence.
“I guess the last year, year and a half, has in some ways kind of prepared you for this kind of stuff,” team manager Aaron Boone said. “Certainly disappointing and frustrating, and I don’t want to be sitting here talking about this, and desperately want us to go back to as normal as possible. But that’s out of our control, too. And we just got to do the best with the circumstances and with the hand that we’re dealt and try to make sure we’re taking care of one another as best we can, taking care of our players and staff as best we can. And hopefully get through this.”
Cashman said that the positive COVID-19 players were mostly vaccinated and asymptomatic. “We’re thankful that we’re vaccinated in most cases, not all cases, but in most cases, so we’re ultimately protected,” he said.
The Friday game between the Yankees and Red Sox remains tentative as the MLB would implement contact tracing and testing. Since New York is quite undermanned given the plight, the league will decide if the game would still proceed.
“You don’t want to take any chances,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “I think, from my end, playing [two games on Friday] doesn’t make sense. Hopefully, we can play one. But the league will decide that.”
This season, the latest virus wave was the eighth time that MLB postponed a game due to a pandemic, the first in the last three months.
The Yankees, who are currently in fourth spot in the American League (46-43), are on the crusade to taint the Red Sox’s winning spree.