The Yankees officially have up to six confirmed COVID-19 cases, and will begin a significant segment of their season without Aaron Judge and Geo Ursella.
The judges, Ursella and Kyle Higashioka were the newest Yankees to land on the COVID-19 injured list on Friday, a day after the Yankees confirmed that Jonathan Loisiga, Nestor Cortés Jr. and Vandy Peralta had all tested positive for the virus.
Aaron Boone did not name the judges, Ursella and Higashioka, as testing positive, but said GM Brian Cashman said Thursday that three positive tests were “pending” that have been confirmed. Boone said he expects players on the COVID-19 list to be out for at least 10 days as the Yankees try to get their season back on track.
“That’s our reality right now,” Boone said on Friday before starting a crucial series against the Red Sox. “We have to make the best of it.”
While Cashman said Loisiga, Cortés and Peralta were all successful cases, this is not the case for all six players – meaning they have not all been vaccinated.
Boone said the Yankees had no new positives on Friday.
Adding in a new regular-IL stint – Luke Voight was sidelined with a bone injury to his left knee – the Yankees received a carpool of replacements from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday. Chris Gittens was called in to replace Voight, while catcher Rob Brantley, outfielder Greg Allen and infielder Joy Hoon Park were added to the roster.