TAMPA — Yankees minor-league pitcher Denny Larrondo was the first professional baseball player to test positive for coronavirus, a source confirmed Monday.
The 17-year-old right-hander from Cuba was signed by the Yankees in 2018 and pitched 12 games for the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League team last season.
General manager Brian Cashman declined to comment on the identity of the player. During a conference call on Sunday, Cashman said an unidentified player was tested on Friday, had been isolated since then and his symptoms had subsided.
The Yankees’ minor league complex, located just under a mile from the major league facility and Steinbrenner Field, was cleaned on Sunday and is shut down until March 25.
Minor leaguers briefly came and went on Monday, picking up prepared food at the front of the minor league facility and then returning to their quarantine.
Cashman said Monday the facility was closed over the weekend in an abundance of caution, but added security remained in place, as well as other “essential duties.”
He again noted the team was following the “direction and/or approval of the department of health.”
Among the minor leaguers to show up Monday was…