The Yankees announced on Tuesday that third base coach Phil Nevin has tested positive for COVID-19, while other coaches are in contact tracing and "still pending."
The New York Post reported earlier on Tuesday that a member of the team’s coaching staff was being kept away from the team due to “a COVID-related issue,” but players were not considered at risk of not being able to play. Several players were out on the field in Tampa taking early defensive work.
Shortly after 5 p.m., the team confirmed Nevin had a positive test, and issued the following statement:
“We have a breakthrough positive involving 3B Coach Phil Nevin, who is fully vaccinated. He is currently under quarantine protocol in Tampa. Under Major League Baseball’s guidance and advice, and with its assistance, additional testing and contact tracing are ongoing.”
The Yankees were one of the teams to reach the 85 percent vaccination threshold, which alleviate some of the league’s COVID protocols, including no longer needing to wear masks in the dugout, but some coaches and players wore masks during warmups at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.
As part of a coaching shuffle due to Nevin's positive test and others in contact tracing, bench coach Carlos Mendoza will coach third on Tuesday, while Mario Garza will take the place of Reggie Willits, who is not with the team on Tuesday.
MLB is expected to make an announcement about the situation “soon,” according to NJ.com. Boone said the Yankees still expect to play on Tuesday.
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