The New York Yankees announced that ace Gerrit Cole tested positive for COVID-19 following Monday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles and will miss Tuesday’s start against the same team. The team did not confirm whether he had been vaccinated.
“Gerrit will not be pitching tomorrow,” said manager Aaron Boone. “He’s actually tested positive for COVID. He will not be pitching tomorrow. As for now, he is the only one (to test positive).”
Despite being among the teams to hit the 85 percent vaccination threshold, the Yankees were hit by COVID-19 outbreaks this year. Many members of the coaching staff tested positive in May with six players following them after the All-Star break. Five of the six players have rejoined the team.
The 30-year-old Cole is 10-6 with a 3.11 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings this season. Cole’s personal catcher, Kyle Higashioka, was among the Yankees that tested positive following the All-Star break.
Cole will likely be replaced by Nestor Cortes on Tuesday.