ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Despite being fully immunized and having previously contracted the coronavirus
during the offseason, New York Yankees
shortstop Gleyber Torres
tested positive for COVID-19
Torres is one of eight Yankees who tested positive despite having been fully vaccinated.
“Certainly unexpected,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone
said of Torres. “Obviously everyone, Major League Baseball
, who is in charge of testing is looking into that. The variants that could be out there if that is the case.”
The Yankees announced that they are undergoing additional testing and contact tracing with the help of the baseball commissioner's office and its medical experts, as well as the New York State Department of Health
“We’ve been rocked here for a few days,” said Boone.
Torres appeared in Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay before being scratched from the lineup on Wednesday.
Pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits, and four members of the traveling staff all tested positive as well.
According to New York, everyone in Tampa is quarantined.
All eight players are asymptomatic but continue to test positive, according to Boone, who also stated that there were no new cases on Thursday and that all other players were available to face the Rays.
“There is still concern,” Boone said. “I think the one positive right now is that today was the first day with no new cases, and all saliva tests from yesterday that came back today were all negative, which I hope is good news and means we’re moving
in the right direction.”
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash stated that the Rays are fine with the game on Thursday.
Vaccinations, according to Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, played a significant role in the games not being rescheduled.
“I think if this were last year, it would be like a canceled game with no questions,” Glasnow said. “I think they have a good grip on what’s going on, and from what I know, no one from our team has tested positive or anything, so there’s definitely like separation from their side.”
Torres, 24, was placed on the COVID-19 injured list prior to Thursday's series finale against Tampa Bay, and the Mets recalled infielder/outfielder Miguel Andjar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“I think guys are trying to be as cautious and respectful to everyone as they can,” Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber said. “It’s obviously changing at certain points in time, things like that, so just trying to be on our toes and be willing to adjust if necessary.”
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