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Yankees SS Gleyber Torres tests positive for COVID-19

Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of “breakthrough” cases in the team’s traveling party to eight, it was announced on Thursday.

Torres, who was fully vaccinated and previously had COVID-19 in December, was placed on the COVID-19 injured list. The Yankees have recalled infielder Miguel Andújar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Torres, who last played in Tuesday’s 3-1 Yankees victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, is asymptomatic, said manager Aaron Boone. Torres received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to Boone.

Torres is the eighth Yankees player, coach or traveling staff member to test positive this week. All of the positives are breakthrough positives, occurring with individuals who were fully vaccinated.

The other recent Yankees COVID-19 positives are pitching coach Matt Blake, third-base coach Phil Nevin, first-base coach Reggie Willits and four members of the Yankees’ traveling staff. All are currently under quarantine protocol in Tampa, Fla.

Major League Baseball, its medical experts and the New York State Department of Health are currently advising and assisting the Yankees, who continue to undergo additional testing and contact tracing.

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