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 received in the best way.
Two and a half hours earlier than the scheduled begin time, simply after the Yankees had hurriedly pulled the workforce off the sphere and canceled batting follow, 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 stated three different gamers had examined constructive via a number of speedy assessments, and that the workforce anticipated these gamers’ laboratory assessments to additionally come again constructive.
The Yankees have reached the 85 % vaccination price M.L.B. requires to function beneath relaxed Covid protocols, however Cashman stated the workforce had once more skilled breakthrough circumstances, two months after an outbreak of 9 circumstances, principally throughout the teaching workers.
“It doesn’t prevent you from contracting Covid; it prevents you from the severe, worst-case effects of Covid,” Cashman stated. “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 workforce 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 workforce has now skilled, he stated the Yankees would think about 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 stated. “Those are fair questions to ask.”