Yankees COVID-19 positive tests wipe out MLB contest | Inquirer Sports

Yankees COVID-19 positive tests wipe out MLB contest

/ 03:15 PM July 16, 2021
Members of the Boston Red Sox take batting practice at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The game between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees was postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Yankee organization among New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta.

FILE — Members of the Boston Red Sox take batting practice at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  Adam Hunger/Getty Images/AFP

Major League Baseball postponed Thursday’s scheduled game between visiting Boston and the New York Yankees after multiple COVID-19 positive tests within the Yankees organization.

An MLB statement said the contest, the only Thursday outing planned following a break for the MLB All-Star Game, was postponed “to allow for continued testing and contact tracing.”

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The Yankees announced before the game was wiped out that they had placed left-handed pitchers Nestor Cortes, who was born in Cuba, and Dominican Wandy Peralta on the Covid-19 list under MLB health and safety protocols.

The game was only the eighth of the campaign to be postponed due to Covid-19 and the first since April 19.

MLB allowed teams who reached the 85% vaccination level to scale back coronavirus safety measures such as face masks in dugouts and bullpens and the Yankees were among the first teams to qualify.

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