Yankees star joins other MLB players who have tested positive for COVID.
We have late breaking news concerning Aroldis Chapman, pitcher for the New York Yankees has tested positive for COVID-19 according to the team’s manager Aaron Boone. So that makes yet another case of a coronavirus that has affected Major League Baseball. The all-star closer joins a long list of players who have have been confirmed, including two teammates, second baseman DJ LeMahieu and reliever Luis Cassa also had the virus.
This has all been reported since the storied organization began their summer camp for this year. Chapman had been practicing with the team over the past few days. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday, July, 11, 2020, that he had mild symptoms and is doing well. Boone went on further stating, his left-handed closer would not be at Yankees camp anymore and he wont return “for the foreseeable future.” Chapman had a bullpen session just this past Tuesday, the Yankees mentioned to the media, that “We’re following protocols. Boone also reinstated that the team has done contact tracing, and no players or personnel would have to be isolated due to Chapman being positive.
Other big names in the ” Major League’s, confirmed positive.
Through the first week of testing all the 30 major league camps, the number of 17 out of 7,401 samples produced positives. Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, and Texas Rangers Joey Gallo all missed time due to Covid-19. Now add Chapman to the list the 32 year-old six-time All-Star with a career 273 saves, that included thirty-seven just last season, he had an ERA of 2.21.
Also, New York will be without infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa, both had tested positive during prior to preseason camp last week, and are still isolating at home.
Aaron Boone on the situation.
“It’s obviously just another reminder,” “that we have to be vigilant as far as wearing our masks when possible, the distance, the decisions were making away from the field to best stay out of harm’s way.” The Yankees are without their right-handed starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka who is in concussion protocol, after taking a line drive hit to the head on at practice by teammate Giancarlo Stanton’s it was 112 mph.
Boone’s backup plan Britton.
Boone said if Chapman isn’t back by the opener, then left-hander Zack Britton would be a “natural guy” to replace him, but a formal decision hasn’t been made. Britton is 32 years old he has 145 career saves coming from the Baltimore Orioles his time with that team 2014-2017.
Boone said “Britton has been an elite closer in this game for a long time.”