The Yankees are now up to seven confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a player now being affected by the outbreak of breakthrough cases within the team’s clubhouse.
Gleyber Torres is out of the lineup on Wednesday as he awaits his test results, while pitching coach Matt Blake is another one of the confirmed cases that has hit the Yankees coaching staff, Aaron Boone told reporters on Wednesday. Blake wasn’t in the dugout on Tuesday, with bullpen coach Mike Harkey serving as the pitching coach. Phil Nevin, currently quarantining in Tampa after testing positive, was also not with the team on Tuesday, along with first base coach Reggie Willits, who was awaiting test results that eventually came back positive.
Torres, who had COVID-19 back in December, and was among the Yankees that were vaccinated earlier this season, is being tested “out of an abundance of caution,” Boone said.
“He’s fine, we just have to have so many of these tests, so really the joint committee has to get all of these, back, and with all of this going on, they want us to hold him out,” Boone said of Torres.
The Yanks reached the 85 percent threshold of vaccinated members earlier this season, which allowed the team to have lighter protocols, including no longer needing to wear masks in the dugout, but many were wearing masks once again on Tuesday following the confirmation of Nevin’s positive test result.
Per Boone, six of the seven positive tests are asymptomatic. All seven had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this season. The other four positive cases are support staff members.
The Yankees are still scheduled to continue their series against the Rays on Wednesday night.
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