The night of this Monday, August 2, was not for the New York Yankees, first because they lost to Baltimore by seven runs to one and second because they announced that their pitcher Gerrit Cole tested positive for Covid-19.
The announcement of the result of the routine test implemented by the Major Leagues was made by the same coach of the New York team, Aaron Boon. Faced with this fact The next match of the institution of the Big Apple will not be able to contemplate the 30-year-old player, so that Néstor Cortés Jr, will take his place this next Tuesday.
Gerrit Cole came to the New York team in December 2019 on a multi-million dollar $ 324 million contract, the largest of all time for someone in his position.. Thus, the player earns more or less $ 36 million annually. During this year, The Californian baseball player struck out a record eight, with 15 batters retired in a row against the Toronto Blue Jays, That is why the drop of the number 45 will be a great factor to consider. In addition the Yankees come in third place in the Eastern Conference of the American League, behind the Red Sox and the Rays.
So far there is no more information, but due to sanitary protocols it is possible that the following Yankees games do not have the player, more than anything because he must respect a mandatory quarantine. Too there are no statements that there are more infected in the New York squad that he will have to row against the current in these two months that remain in the season. Cole maintains numbers of 3.11 in 130.1 appearances with the Yankees on 21 occasions that he started as a starter during this 2021, so the streak will have to stop until it is in better condition to return to the diamond.