Yankees-Red Sox postponed due to Yankees COVID scare

The Yankees-Red Sox game was postponed Thursday due to another COVID-19 issue with the Yankees.

Pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes and Wandy Peralta tested positive, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said, with three other tests pending. The spread is only within the player group, according to Cashman.

Major League Baseball said the decision came “after positive tests within the New York Yankees organization… to allow for continued testing and contact tracing.”

No makeup date was immediately announced.

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The Yankees placed left-handers Wandy Peralta (l.) and Nestor Cortes (r.) on the COVID-19 IL on Thursday.
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The Yankees are one of the teams to reach MLB’s 85-percent vaccination threshold for Tier 1 individuals, but not every player has been vaccinated. Cashman said not all of the six players who are or might be positive have been vaccinated.

After players went on the field in The Bronx for pregame activities, the Yankees cancelled batting practice while the Yankees underwent further COVID-19 testing, a team spokesperson said.

Earlier in the day, the Cortes and Peralta were placed on the COVID-19 IL. Loaisiga was placed there Saturday.

In May, the Yankees dealt with a COVID outbreak that sidelined Gleyber Torres. Eight other members of the organization tested positive at the time, including third base coach Phil Nevin, who missed over a month dealing with the effects of the virus.


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