Yankees-Red Sox game postponed amid growing fear of COVID-19 in New York, MLB issues statement

UPDATE: 4:43 p.m.

Major League Baseball just released a statement:

Following positive tests for COVID-19 within the New York Yankees organization, tonight’s game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium has been postponed to allow further testing and contact tracing. Major League Baseball will continue to provide programming updates as they become available.

UPDATE: 4:33 p.m.

Thursday’s Yankees-Red Sox game has been postponed due to the development of the Yankees’ COVID-19 situation, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.


NEW YORK – After two other players tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday the Yankees canceled pre-game batting training for most tests, a spokesperson said.

The Yankees were training on the field defense when they came off the field hours before the start of a series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Journalists were also asked to leave the field for their own safety.

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Relievers Nestor Cortes and Wandy Peralta were each placed on the COVID-19 injured list earlier today. Jonathan Loaisiga went on COVID-19 on Saturady.

The Yankees have experienced an outbreak in which eight members of the travel team, including shortstop Gleyber Torres, tested positive for the virus in early May. Third baseman Phil Nevin was hospitalized. The team said every person who tested positive had been vaccinated. On April 7, hospital workers visited the Yankees to administer the Johnson & Johnson

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has seen his media availability pushed back as the team scramble to grasp the situation.

With 85% of the Yankees roster / staff having received a coronavirus vaccine, the team was operating under relaxed restrictions, in accordance with in-game health and safety protocols. Boston did not meet the vaccination threshold of 85%.

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