New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Sanchez is the third New York player to test positive this week. Ace right-hander Gerrit Cole tested positive on Monday and left-hander Jordan Montgomery tested positive on Tuesday.
“I guess I’m little concerned about everything, but we just got to do keep doing the best we can,” Boone said prior to Thursday’s home game against the Seattle Mariners.
Boone said Sanchez’s positive result came from a rapid test and that the club is waiting on results from a PCR test.
The trio of positives come in the wake of a six-game trip to Florida in which the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins.
“We were in Florida this past week and that’s been one of the places with some rising cases and things like that,” Boone said. “So I’m sure that could have played a role, but it’s hard to know who contracted what, when and how.”
This is the team’s second outbreak in three weeks. In mid-July, six Yankees tested positive, led by All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge and infielder Gio Urshela.
Also testing positive were catcher Kyle Higashioka, left-handers Wandy Peralta and Nestor Cortes and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga.
In May, New York had an eight-person outbreak among mostly coaches and staffers but shortstop Gleyber Torres also tested positive.
The Yankees recalled catcher Rob Brantly from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Sanchez on the roster. Brantly is 2-for-15 in four games with New York this season.
Higashioka will start Thursday’s game behind the plate. He is batting .196 with six homers and 12 RBIs in 40 games.
The 28-year-old Sanchez is batting .216 with 17 homers and 39 RBIs in 84 games.
–Field Level Media