After training for today’s summer camp, Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced bad news: DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa were both tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Lindsey Adler, LeMahieu is currently asymptomatic. Cessa, meanwhile, has mild symptoms. Bryan Hoch, meanwhile, said the two players are in quarantine at home and have approved the release of their names.
This news comes the same day that the Braves and Phillies announced a multitude of players who have also tested positive, including Freddie Freeman and Aaron Nola. David Price also withdrew from the season earlier this afternoon, citing health concerns for himself and his family. The first official day of the camp was certainly accompanied by major hurdles, the kind that illustrate how difficult it will be to start the season – or whatever it is, is prudent in the first place.
LeMahieu, 31, is expected to be the cornerstone of the Yankees’ training this year. He hit .327 / .375 / .518 with 26 circuits (136 wRC +) in a career season last year. Meanwhile, Cessa, 28, posted a score of 4.11 (4.87 FIP) in 81 innings in 2019, her first year as a pitcher exclusively outside the bullpen.
The two players will head to the COVID-19 injured list, which requires a quarantine of two weeks. Before they can return, they must have no symptoms and undergo two negative tests.
The baseball game, in the end, is of no consequence. We wish LeMahieu and Cessa a speedy recovery.