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Yankees Starting Pitcher Reportedly Contracted Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

A general view of Yankees Stadium

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A general view as the national anthem is performed before Game Three of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Last week, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard landed on the disabled list with a strange illness - hand, foot and mouth disease. Tuesday, a second pitching star - and another from New York - did the same.

The Yankees have announced that J.A. Happ, who they just traded for earlier in the week, has contracted hand, foot and mouth disease. His status to pitch against the Red Sox in Boston this weekend is now up in the air.

Happ was reportedly sent home by the team - likely because they don't want him to give the disease to anyone else.

For those wondering, hand foot and mouth disease is a “common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than five years old.”

The uncommon part, of course, is that we are not talking about children younger than five years old.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed the news.

Happ, who started the season with the Toronto Blue Jays, was acquired by the Yankees for the stretch run. He's a lefty - and Yankees fans assume that the team acquired him to counteract Boston's great right-handed hitters.

That said, his New York tenure has gotten off to a weird start.