Friday’s game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will proceed as scheduled following testing and contact tracing involving members of the Yankees’ organization, the league announced.
Thursday’s game between the two teams was postponed after positive COVID-19 tests were detected in New York’s clubhouse. MLB said the game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 17.
New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta were among those who tested positive, with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman saying all three were fully vaccinated, as are most of the players on the team.
Loaisiga went on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday, when the Yankees were in Houston, and he did not travel home with the team Sunday. Cortes and Peralta went on the COVID-19 IL on Thursday.
This was the eighth COVID-related postponement this season but the first in nearly three months. Also put off were a three-game series that had the New York Mets at Washington from April 1-4, and Atlanta’s game at the Nationals on April 5, two Minnesota at Los Angeles Angels games on April 17-18 and a Twins at Oakland game on April 19.
There were 45 regular-season games postponed for virus-related reasons during last year’s pandemic-shortened season but just two were not made up, between St. Louis and Detroit.
— With files from The Associated Press