New York Yankees pitching ace Gerrit Cole has tested positive for COVID-19, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone informed the media of Coles’s diagnosis after the team’s 7-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night, with Boone saying he was notified during the second inning of the game.
Boone also said that Cole, who’s in his second season with the club, is the only positive case on the team, according to the AP.
Teammate Gary Sanchez said the news is adding to an already tough season for the Yankees.
“Definitely it’s tough. It’s been a tough year. We got this news with Cole, and definitely a low blow there,” Sanchez said.
Boone said that Cole, a four-time All-Star selection, will be replaced by relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. on Tuesday, the AP noted.
The Yankees have had multiple COVID-19 cases this season. Six players, including star outfielder Aaron Judge, have previously tested positive for the virus, and a July 15 game against the Boston Red Sox was postponed due to an outbreak, the AP reported.
Other teams have been hit with coronavirus cases this season. The Milwaukee Brewers had to place five players on its COVID-19 reserve list.