Major League Baseball scheduled only one recreation on Thursday, placing the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox within the nationwide highlight at Yankee Stadium to begin the nominal second half of the season. Then an unwelcome intruder obtained in the way in which.
Two and a half hours earlier than the scheduled begin time, simply after the Yankees had hurriedly pulled the crew off the sector and canceled batting observe, M.L.B. postponed the sport as a result of three Yankees pitchers — Nestor Cortes Jr., Jonathan Loaisiga and Wandy Peralta, every of whom is vaccinated — had examined constructive for the coronavirus. General Manager Brian Cashman mentioned three different gamers had examined constructive via a number of fast assessments, and that the crew anticipated these gamers’ laboratory assessments to additionally come again constructive.
The Yankees have reached the 85 % vaccination price M.L.B. requires to function underneath relaxed Covid protocols, however Cashman mentioned the crew had once more skilled breakthrough instances, two months after an outbreak of nine cases, principally inside the teaching employees.
“It doesn’t prevent you from contracting Covid; it prevents you from the severe, worst-case effects of Covid,” Cashman mentioned. “We’re thankful that we’re vaccinated in most cases — not in all cases — and therefore we’re ultimately protected.”
The Yankees put Loaisiga on the Covid-19 injured record on Saturday in Houston, and he didn’t journey with the crew after that collection, which led into the All-Star break. Cortes and Peralta have been positioned on the record on Thursday.
Cashman didn’t know the standing of the Yankees’ remaining weekend video games with the Red Sox, who’re scheduled to be in New York via Sunday. Given the 2 outbreaks the crew has now skilled, he mentioned the Yankees would take into account a change in protocols.
“We certainly will re-evaluate everything we have done and see if there’s anything we can be better at moving forward,” Cashman mentioned. “Those are fair questions to ask.”