Major League Baseball scheduled only one sport 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 best way.
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 by a number of fast checks, and that the crew anticipated these gamers’ laboratory checks to additionally come again constructive.
The Yankees have reached the 85 p.c vaccination charge 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, largely throughout 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 checklist on Saturday in Houston, and he didn’t journey with the crew after that sequence, which led into the All-Star break. Cortes and Peralta had been positioned on the checklist 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 by Sunday. Given the 2 outbreaks the crew has now skilled, he mentioned 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 mentioned. “Those are fair questions to ask.”