Gleyber Torres becomes 8th member of Yankees to test positive for COVID-19

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Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was held out of Wednesday’s lineup out of “an abundance of caution,” but he will now miss more time as the Yankees announced the shortstop has tested positive for COVID-19.

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Wednesday’s game that he anticipated having the results of Torres’ test by Wednesday night, but when he spoke to reporters again after the game, Boone said he did not have those results yet. Those results were made public shortly before Thurssday's series finaly against the Rays.

"The Yankees can today confirm that INF Gleyber Torres has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis," a statement from the Yankees said. He was fully vaccinated and previously had COVID-19 during the most recent baseball offseason."

Torres has been the only player affected by the Yankees’ COVID-19 outbreak so far, which has now resulted in seven positive cases among coaches and staff members, including third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and pitching coach Matt Blake. Of the seven positive tests, all of them had received a COVID-19 vaccine earlier in the season, and six of the seven were asymptomatic as of Wednesday.

Torres had COVID-19 back in December and was vaccinated along with the majority of the Yankees earlier this season. The team had reached the 85 percent threshold which allowed looser protocols in the dugout, clubhouses and while on road trips.

"Torres is the eighth Yankees player, coach or traveling staff member to test positive this week," the statement read. "All of the positives are breakthrough positives, occurring with individuals who were fully vaccinated."

Torres is batting .234 on the year but had picked it up of late, hitting .277 in his last 12 games, including his first home run of the season, while playing much improved defense at shortstop. Tyler Wade played shortstop in Torres’ place on Wednesday night and went 1-for-3. Miguel Andujar was called back up to replace Torres.

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