The New York Yankees held shortstop Gleyber Torres out of Wednesday’s game to the Tampa Bay Rays on a “abundance of caution” after three coaches and a total of seven members of the New York City Traveler Group tested positive for COVID-19.
ESPN’s Marly Rivera had reported Torres would miss Thursday’s series final at the Rays, and the Yankees have since confirmed Torres has also tested positive for the coronavirus.
“He was fully vaccinated and had already had COVID-19 during the last baseball offseason,” the Yankees said in a statement shared by Rivera. “Torres has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list, and the Yankees have recalled Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.”
Players and coaches who test positive must self-isolate for at least 10 days before they can be allowed to resume team activities.
the Yankees added that the eight individuals who tested positive, including Torres, are vaccinated and, therefore, are considered “revolutionary” positive. Third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and pitching coach Matt Blake are among seven members of the travel party who have tested positive, and coach Aaron Boone said Wednesday that six of the seven non-players were asymptomatic.
“Major League Baseball, its medical experts and the New York State Department of Health are currently advising and assisting the Yankees, who continue to undergo additional testing and contact tracing,” the club said.
Boone told reporters Thursday that Torres is asymptomatic and everyone is feeling good too: