NEW YORK — The Yankees’ post-All-Star break opener in opposition to the Boston Purple Sox on Thursday evening was postponed due to constructive COVID-19 exams amongst New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta.
Aaron Decide, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela are additionally in COVID-19 protocols, sources informed ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Yankees basic supervisor Brian Cashman mentioned earlier Thursday that exams for 3 gamers have been nonetheless pending, however he didn’t identify them. He mentioned he assumes the exams will come again constructive.
All of the Purple Sox All-Stars who have been in Denver have been requested to endure further testing on Thursday as a result of they have been informed a Yankees All-Star had examined constructive, sources informed ESPN’s Marly Rivera.
Decide, Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman all participated within the All-Star festivities this week.
Loaisiga went on the COVID-19 injured record Saturday, when the Yankees have been in Houston, and he didn’t journey dwelling with the workforce Sunday.
Cashman mentioned all three pitchers have been absolutely vaccinated, as are a lot of the gamers on the workforce.
Whereas vaccinations don’t forestall an individual from contracting COVID-19, it prevents extreme results.
“As of proper now, everyone’s OK,” he mentioned.
Cashman mentioned Main League Baseball had not but determined whether or not to postpone Friday’s second scheduled sport of the four-game collection.
“We’re in a really fluid state of affairs proper now,” he mentioned.
This was the eighth COVID-19-related postponement this season however the first in almost three months. Additionally postpone have been a three-game collection that had the New York Mets at Washington on April 1-4 and Atlanta’s sport on the Nationals on April 5, two Minnesota at Los Angeles Angels video games on April 17-18 and a Twins at Oakland sport on April 19.
There have been 45 regular-season video games postponed for virus-related causes final 12 months however simply two weren’t made up — between St. Louis and Detroit.
New York, fourth within the American League East at a disappointing 46-43, was among the many first main league groups to succeed in the 85% vaccination threshold to minimize coronavirus protocols corresponding to dropping masks use in dugouts and bullpens.
MLB mentioned in its final announcement on June 25 that 23 of its 30 groups had reached an 85% vaccination charge amongst tier one people corresponding to gamers and on-field employees. The Purple Sox weren’t amongst them.
Regardless of all these vaccinations, the Yankees had greater than a half-dozen constructive COVID-19 exams in Might involving employees, together with pitching coach Matt Blake, third-base coach Phil Nevin and first-base coach Reggie Willits. Nevin, regardless of being vaccinated, turned severely ailing with a kidney an infection that stored him away from the workforce for greater than three weeks.
No Yankees gamers examined constructive then, although shortstop Gleyber Torres had a false constructive.
New York gamers have been on the sphere Thursday, taking early batting follow about 3½ hours earlier than the scheduled begin, when the Yankees requested media to depart the sphere whereas the workforce performed COVID-19 testing.
Boston, whose 55-36 document matched Houston for greatest within the AL, got here onto the sphere because the postponement was introduced to take batting follow.
The Related Press contributed to this report.