The New York Yankees reported Thursday that Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres was placed on the injured list after testing positive for coronavirus and that to fill the roster vacancy they called Miguel Andújar from Triple A.
“The Yankees can confirm that Torres received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19. He was fully vaccinated and previously had COVID-19 during the recent offseason,” the Yankees said in a statement.
The shortstop had been sidelined from Wednesday’s game out of “plenty of caution,” and was expected to also not play in Thursday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
The other Yankees who have tested positive for coronavirus are coaches Matt Blake (pitching), Phil Nevin (3B) and Reggie Willits (1B), and four roaming Yankees staff members. All are currently under quarantine protocol in Tampa.
Six of the seven people who tested positive are asymptomatic, Boone said, adding that multiple test results were pending. All seven people who tested positive were vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I think one of the things that we are seeing is that being mass vaccinated as we are, we are seeing that the vaccines also mitigate the effects of the virus,” Boone said. “I feel like, in a lot of ways, because we’re vaccinated, we’re pretty good and we can deal with this. So there’s a bit of a frustrating part in there, in all the tests that we’re going to have done.”
All members of the Yankees’ travel group have been screened at least three times each since Tuesday.
Information from Enrique Rojas and Marly Rivera was used in this note.