Gleyber Torres tests positive for COVID-19 as Yankees’ outbreak grows

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees’ COVID outbreak now includes a player.

Gleyber Torres was placed on the COVID-19 IL after receiving a positive test, the team announced before Thursday’s series finale against the Rays.

Miguel Andujar was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Torres’ spot on the roster.

Torres is the eighth member of the organization to test positive — all of them were fully vaccinated, making them “breakthrough positives.”

The shortstop also had COVID in December and Aaron Boone said Wednesday he still had antibodies.

Other members of the organization to test positive during the current outbreak include third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits, pitching coach Matt Blake, as well as four unnamed members of the support staff.

The Yankees said all are under “quarantine protocol” in Tampa.

The team added in a statement “Major League Baseball, its medical experts and the New York State Department of Health are currently advising and assisting the Yankees, who continue to undergo additional testing and contact tracing.”

Torres had been held out of Wednesday’s lineup, according to Boone, “out of an abundance of caution” while the team waited on results from testing.

Earlier Thursday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the department is looking into the outbreak.

“With regard to the Yankees, we obviously need to learn more about that situation,” Walensky said, according to the AP. “My understanding is that six of the seven reports, six of the seven infections were indeed asymptomatic infections. And we will look to more data from that report to understand what happened there. All of the real world data we’ve seen that’s been in the published literature, large studies, in many different settings, have demonstrated that those vaccines are effective, have a high effectiveness against disease.”

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