TAMPA — The Yankees have reported the first known case of coronavirus to hit baseball.
The team announced on Sunday a minor league player tested positive for COVID-19.
And it came on a day when it appeared that many of the Yankees would not be sticking around Tampa to work out, after all.
The unidentified player, according to general manager Brian Cashman, reported symptoms on Friday and did not report to camp. Minor league camp was shut down Friday morning and will be closed until March 25 at the earliest.
The minor league side of the Yankees’ spring training complex is not connected to the major league facility, but both will undergo a “deep cleaning,’’ according to Cashman — and it won’t be the first time for the minor league side.
The organization’s minor league players and some staff will also be self-quarantined until March 25.
The Yankees said the player was not in contact with anyone who would have been at the major league complex or Steinbrenner Field and as of Sunday, no other players or team personnel had been tested for the virus and no tests were scheduled. Cashman noted that could change if the situation warrants.