All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge was one of six New York Yankees players who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, postponing the game against the Boston Red Sox, with which he would open the second half of the season. Major League Baseball (MLB).
The Yankees’ situation prompted other American League players to undergo tests for the virus to make sure they were not infected, sources told ESPN.
In addition to Judge, Colombian third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka entered the league’s COVID-19 protocols after testing positive in rapid tests and awaiting confirmation of a more accurate test, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney. .
Left-handed relievers Jonathan Loaisiga, Néstor Cortés Jr. and Wandy Peralta had confirmed positives and were placed on the disabled list for COVID-19, reported Brian Cashman, general manager of the Yankees.
“It’s a fluid situation that could expand,” Cashman said. “It has spread to some degree.”
Major League Baseball indicated that the postponement of the game at Yankee Stadium was to allow more testing and contact tracing.
New York was one of the first major league teams to reach the 85% vaccination threshold to reduce coronavirus protocols, such as cessation of mask use in dugouts and bullpens.
Cashman also stated that it is unknown what will happen to Friday’s game, as that is an MLB decision.
The New York players were on the field for batting practice about three and a half hours before the scheduled start of the game Thursday, when the Yankees asked the media to stand down while the team conducted COVID testing.
The Red Sox entered the field when the postponement to begin batting practice was announced.
This is only the eighth game postponed due to COVID-19 this year and the first since April 19 (Twins-Athletics). There were 51 postponements due to COVID-19 last year.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.