Gleyber Torres was removed from the lineup of the New York Yankees for Wednesday’s game as precautionary measure, after seven cases of coronavirus were registeredbetween the technical and support staff of the team.
Manager Aaron Boone said the Major League Baseball COVID-19 Joint Health and Safety Committee is waiting and reviewing various coronavirus test results. Team members who traveled to Florida to face the Tampa Bay Rays have undergone at least three tests since Tuesday.
“I know everyone is going to guess about that, but I hope it is nothing, rather it is about obtaining all the information“Boone commented on the Venezuelan shortstop.
Boone noted that the Yankees expect to receive an update on Torres Wednesday night. Added that The Venezuelan tested positive for COVID-19 in December and has already been vaccinated.
The pilot also confirmed that ePitching coach Matt Blake has joined third base coach Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits as staff members who have tested positive for the virus. A couple of staff members also tested positive Wednesday, bringing the total at the club to four. Six of the seven infected people are asymptomatic. Everyone has already received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are seeing that vaccines also attenuate the effects of the virus”, Boone said. “We are also learning as we go and learning exactly what we need to do and just trying to do our best to make quick adjustments on the fly. We just do the best we can with all of that. “
On April 30, the Yankees were able to relax COVID-19 protocols of the majors after reaching a rate of 85% vaccination between players and staff, including managers, coaches, physical trainers and physical therapists.
“We’ve been dealing with this thing for over a year,” pitcher Jameson Taillon said. “We are just going to take the blows and try to protect ourselves and take our responsibility to keep everyone safe. But we are here and we are going to play. “