St. Petersburg, Florida-New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres has been tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and previously infected with the coronavirus during the off-season.
Torres was one of eight so-called positive, developing among the Yankees – people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.
“Absolutely unexpected,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Torres. “Obviously, every Major League Baseball person responsible for the test is looking for that. Variables that may exist, if so “
The Yankees said the team was undergoing further testing and contact follow-up, with help from the baseball commissioner̵7;s office and medical professionals. The New York State Department of Health is advising the team.
New York general manager Brian Cashman said MLB had contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday about the Yankees situation.
“About the Yankees, we clearly needed to learn more about that situation,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky. “My understanding is that six of the seven reports, six of the seven infections are infections. Infection without symptoms And we’ll be looking for more information from that report to understand what’s going on there. All the real-world data we have seen in published literature, large studies in many areas, show that these vaccines are highly effective against disease. ”
Also testing positive was pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and four traveling staff.
“We might be a case study to some extent,” said Cashman.
Torres played Tuesday night’s game in Tampa Bay, then left the lineup on Wednesday night.
“When you read the text, they will tell you that you are still getting COVID and vaccination to protect you from the symptoms, either eliminate them all at the same time and protect you if you are not protected. “But one thing I got from this, I believe the vaccine is working. We have eight positive results, seven of the eight presented without symptoms. ”
“Peace of mind, fortunately everyone has been vaccinated with J&J from two different states,” added Cashman, referring to the Johnson & Johnson vaccination. It is a good defense that we have to protect them from things that are obviously severe or things that are more difficult to manage than we are today. ”
Cashman said Nevin had symptoms that no longer appeared.
“We’ve been rocked here over the course of several days,” Boone said. “I think it put a little disruption to all of us in our path. We are faced with a lot Our heads are spinning, trying to wrap our hands around everything. “
New York said it was all under quarantine in Tampa.
Boone said the eight were still testing positive. He added there were no new cases on Thursday and that other players were ready to play with the Rays.
“There are still concerns,” Boone said. “I think the good thing now is that today was the first day without any new cases. All of the saliva tests from yesterday back today were all negative. I hope that’s good news and hopefully it means that we are moving in the right direction. ”
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said the Rays were comfortable with Thursday’s game being played.
Pitcher Ray Tyler Glasgow thinks vaccination plays a key role in a game that isn’t postponed.
“I think if it was last year it would be like a game that was canceled without any question,” said Glasnows. “I think they caught a good idea of what happened. From what I know no one on our team has tested positive or anything, so definitely separate from their side. ”
The Yankees reached 85% vaccination level on April 30, allowing the MLB protocol to be loosened, amid changes to requirements for masks in dugouts and bullpens were canceled.
“I think when we got to that threshold, honestly, I might have eased a little,” Beaune said. “I just thought for us it made us a little more careful.”
Masking and social aloofness were the focus of the Yankees.
“I think men try to be as careful and respectful as they can,” said Yankees pitcher Corey Klober. So just try to step on our feet and be willing to adjust if necessary. ”
Torres, 24, was placed on the list of injured by COVID-19 before the series ended on Thursday in Tampa Bay. New York recalls Mikel Andujar Infielder / OO from Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.
Andújar started third and Gio Urshela moved from third to stop.