New York announced the positive test for Nevin, who is fully vaccinated, about two hours before the scheduled first pitch Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.READ MORE: Last Home Game At Nassau Coliseum? Islanders Hoping To Avoid Elimination Against Lightning In Game 6
In a statement, the team said, “We have a breakthrough positive involving 3B Coach Phil Nevin, who is fully vaccinated. He is currently under quarantine protocol in Tampa. Under Major League Baseball’s guidance and advice, and with its assistance, additional testing and contact tracing are ongoing.”
The three-game series against the Rays will continue.
“He’s doing OK,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
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Several other coaches are expected to miss the game due to contact tracing, but Boone said the contact tracing does not include any players.
“We have a few other staff, coaches that are still pending and we don’t have confirmation on,” Boone said. “There’s a few people that we sent home just as a precaution to make sure. We’re doing all we can to stay healthy. A little bit of a skeleton staff but nothing we can’t handle.”
Bench coach Carlos Mendoza replaced Nevin as third base coach, and minor league coordinator Mario Garza filled in as first base coach for Reggie Willits.READ MORE: USWNT Announces Olympic Roster For Tokyo Games
“I don’t think we’ve had a case since going back to before the start of last year, so it definitely hits you, especially as we move through in these vaccination phases and stuff like that, so it definitely hits you hard,” Boone said.
The Yankees on April 30 were able to relax MLB protocols after reaching an 85% vaccination rate among players and staff much as managers, coaches and athletic trainers. The team was talking with MLB officials about the situation.
“We’ll have to definitely evaluate and make sure we’re doing everything we possibly can to prevent things from happening,” Boone said.
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Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, who resumed wearing a mask during a pregame zoom session Tuesday, said the players were comfortable in playing the game.
“As a whole, we’re going to press on,” Cole said. “I don’t think this is going to be over for a few years. I think we’ve going to have to be dealing with this kind of thing for a while. And every time these things come up, we’re going to have to adapt and learn, just as a species.”
Cole planned to wear a mask in the dugout during Tuesday night’s game.
“We’ve all learned that playing through a pandemic last year, nothing surprises you, but it catches you off guard a little bit,” Boone said. “Playing the 2020 season, going through spring training, playing this year and not having an issue, it still hits you, it still stops you in your tracks. Without question we’re certainly more equipped to deal with it.”MORE NEWS: Cole's Strikeouts, Spin Rate Down, Royals Rally Past Yanks
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