The New York Yankees have had several players test positive for COVID-19, causing concern among fans.
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It was reported on August 26, 2020 that infielder DJ LeMahieu and catcherAaron Hicks tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first members of the Yankees organization to do so since Spring Training.
The Players Who Tested Positive
The Yankees have been hit hard by the coronavirus, with several players and staff members testing positive. Among the players who have tested positive are catcher Gary Sánchez and infielders DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela.
Yankees second baseman D.J. LeMahieu became the team’s first player to test positive for COVID-19 since spring training, general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.
LeMahieu, 32, was asymptomatic and was self-isolating at his home in Michigan, Cashman said. He is the only known player on the 40-man roster to have contracted the virus, which has sidelined 14 Yankees staffers, including three assistant coaches.
“We feel good about where we are as an organization health-wise,” said Cashman, who spoke to reporters before Tuesday night’s game against the Mets at Yankee Stadium was postponed because of positive coronavirus tests among members of the Mets organization.
On July 4, 2020, relief pitcher Luis Cessa tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first player on the New York Yankees to do so. Cessa is asymptomatic and is isolating at his home in Florida.
Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees closer, became the first player on the team to test positive for coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the situation. Chapman, who is asymptomatic, is isolating at his home in Westchester County.
The Impact of the Positive Tests
It was announced yesterday that three members of the New York Yankees have tested positive for COVID-19. This news comes as a surprise because the Yankees have been taking every precaution to ensure that their players and staff are safe. The positive tests will have a significant impact on the Yankees’ season.
The Yankees’ Roster
As of now, there are twelve Yankees who have tested positive for COVID. Out of those twelve, seven are pitchers. This includes Masahiro Tanaka, who was placed on the Injured List today. Infielder Gio Urshela is the latest player to test positive, and he joins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge on the IL. This leaves the Yankees without three of their everyday starters. The good news is that DJ LeMahieu, who tested positive back in July, has been cleared to return to the team.
The Yankees’ Schedule
The Yankees have had to make some changes to their schedule because some players and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the changes:
The Yankees’ scheduled game against the Baltimore Orioles on August 7th has been postponed.
The Yankees’ scheduled game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 8th has been postponed.
Of the 14 players and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, 13 have been asymptomatic, according to Yankees officials. One player has shown symptoms.