HOUSTON – The Yankees are not done with COVID.
Although at least 85% of their travel party is fully vaccinated, the pandemic hit again on Saturday when reliever Jonathan Loaisiga was placed on the COVID injury list.
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone would not say whether Loaisiga had tested positive.
“Just health and safety protocols,”
Boone said Loaisiga is not ill.
“He’s fine,” the manager said.
The Yankees found out Saturday morning about Loaisiga, who had thrown a 1-2-3 ninth inning with a strike Friday night to close out a 4-0 series-opening win over the Astros.
Unlike baseball’s 10-day injury list, there is no set time for a player to be equated when he is on COVID. A player may be cleared by MLB after successive negative tests.
Loaisiga, 26, has been one of the Yankees’ best relievers this season. In 36 appearances, he is 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA and 46 strikeouts over 47 innings.
This is the second COVID outbreak of the season for the Yankees, who were without shortstop Gleyber Torres, three coaches and five employees in May due to positive tests. Torres missed seven games. Third base coach Phil Nevin was off the team for nearly four weeks.
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