New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone shared an update on his team’s COVID-19 situation prior to tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Before last night’s game at Tropicana Field, the Yankees announced that third base coach Phil Nevin had tested positive for COVID-19. Nevin, who had been vaccinated, did not coach last night.
Now, Boone says the team has seven total positives, including first base coach Reggie Willits and pitching coach Matt Blake, who like Nevin, were inactive for last night’s game. Six of the seven cases are asymptomatic, per Boone.
All seven people had been fully vaccinated and were past the two-week mark.
The total positives at the Yankees are 7 in total; 6 of the 7 are asymptomatic, per Aaron Boone.
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) May 12, 2021
Yankees confirmed positives so far: 3B coach, Phil Nevin, pitching coach Matt Blake, 1B coach Reggie Willits, and four unnamed members of the support staff. All were fully vaccinated.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) May 12, 2021
Additionally, Boone said the Yankees are holding starting shortstop Gleyber Torres out of the lineup tonight “out of an abundance of caution.” The team is awaiting test results for Torres, who had COVID-19 a few months ago and has also been vaccinated.
Reserve infielder Tyler Wade will start in Torres’ place. As of now, there are no indications that tonight’s game won’t be played.
Aaron Boone says Gleyber Torres is being held out of the lineup tonight out of an "abundance of caution" as the Yankees await COVID test results from the MLB-MLBPA joint committee
Boone also says Torres had COVID in December and is vaccinated & a ruling should come by tonight pic.twitter.com/jhkgPChEUZ
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) May 12, 2021
The Yankees and Rays are set to get going at 7:10 p.m. ET.