June 14, 2021

Yankees have two more ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases (New York Post)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees are dealing with a COVID outbreak on their coaching and support staff, with three confirmed cases.

Third base coach Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits and an unspecified support staff member tested positive, the team announced Tuesday.

All three cases are considered “breakthrough positives,” since they had been fully vaccinated.

Manager Aaron Boone said there are other staff members and coaches “still pending,’’ and some staff members had been sent home. Nevin was under quarantine in Tampa.

Mario Garza, the organization’s coordinator of baseball development, filled in at first and bench coach Carlos Mendoza coached third.

Though the Yankees didn’t name pitching coach Matt Blake among the suspected cases, bullpen coach Mike Harkey filled in as pitching coach in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin tests positive for COVID-19.
Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin has tested positive for COVID-19.

No players were impacted by the potential outbreak, according to Boone.

After the victory, Boone said, “as of right now, I’m absolutely planning on playing [Wednesday].”

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