Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin has tested positive for COVID-19 in a “breakthrough” case after being fully vaccinated, the team announced.
Nevin, 50, is under quarantine in Tampa, where the Yankees are expected to open up a series against the Rays on Tuesday night.
Contract tracing is underway, the team said in a statement. Manager Aaron Boone said he expects Tuesday’s game to be played.
The Yankees in early April reached the 85 percent threshold of vaccinated players, coaches and others considered Tier I personnel to be able to relax COVID-19 protocols.
The team reportedly received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
While the vaccines being offered in the US are effective in preventing infection and severe cases of the disease caused by COVID-19, there have been “a small percentage” of fully vaccinated people who have tested positive for the virus in so-called “breakthrough” cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s unclear whether Nevin is experiencing symptoms.
Bench coach Carlos Mendoza will serve as the third-base coach Tuesday.