HOUSTON – The Yankees are not done with COVID.
Even though at least 85% of their group of travelers are fully vaccinated, the pandemic struck again on Saturday when reliever Jonathan Loaisiga was placed on the COVID injured list.
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone wouldn’t say if Loaisiga tested positive.
“Just health and safety protocols,” Boone said ahead of Saturday night’s Yankees-Astros game. “We’re going to stop there for now. “
Boone said Loaisiga is not sick.
“He feels good,” said the manager.
The Yankees discovered the existence of Loaisiga on Saturday morning, who pitched a ninth inning 1-2-3 with a strikeout Friday night to end a 4-0 series opener over the Astros.
Unlike the 10-day baseball injury list, there is no set length of time for a player to be sidelined while on COVID. A player can be cleared by the MLB after consecutive negative tests.
Loaisiga, 26, has been one of the Yankees’ best relievers this season. In 36 appearances, he’s 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 47 innings.
This is the second COVID outbreak of the season for the Yankees, who were nonstop Gleyber Torres, three coaches and five staff in May due to positive tests. Torres missed seven games. Third baseman Phil Nevin has been out of the squad for almost four weeks.
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