Yankees’ hellish 2021 season continues with suspected COVID-19 issues


UPDATE: It’s Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka who are still undergoing testing. Great. Enjoy your weekend.

Of course. OF. COURSE. If you thought the second half of the season was going to be fortuitous to the New York Yankees, think again.

On Thursday afternoon, the Bombers announced a couple of promising roster moves. Trey Amburgey was promoted from Triple-A. Zack Britton returned from the injured list. Sounds great, right?

Until you got to the part where it was revealed Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta were being placed on the COVID-19 injured list, where they would join the team’s best reliever in Jonathan Loaisiga.

Just in time for a make-or-break four-game set against the Boston Red Sox in the Bronx! Gotta love it.

Wait … it gets worse. Now, the Yankees have canceled batting practice ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Sox as they “work through COVID-19 testing and health and safety protocols.” Moments later, the game has been postponed.

That all but officially means there’s a COVID-19 scare amongst the roster and more players could be hitting the shelf as a result. But we’ll be waiting on that information in the coming minutes/hours.

The Yankee are dealing with a COVID-19 issue right after the All-Star break.

This happened earlier in the year when multiple assistant coaches and staffers tested positive before a game against the Rays. Third base coach Phil Nevin was the biggest name of the bunch and he was in some pretty bad shape after his bout with the virus. He was vaccinated, too, so it was considered a “breakthrough positive.”

The disappointing aspect of all this is that the Yankees were among the first teams in all of MLB to exceed the 85% vaccination threshold among their roster and staff. They’ve already dealt with two scares three and a half months into the 2021 campaign.

And here’s an update from general manager Brian Cashman:

Most importantly, the health and wellbeing of the players/coaches/staffers takes precedent. Baseball is meaningless when you’re staring down the barrel of a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

However, fans can’t help but feel broken at this point. Everyone thought the second half would provide a refreshing start after the rollercoaster that was their first 88 games. It couldn’t get worse than that, right? RIGHT?!

Think again. The Yankees are already dealing with potentially detrimental problems just hours before the All-Star break is coming to a close.