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Yankees SS Gleyber Torres heads to IL with COVID-19 again

Yankees, Gleyber Torres

It’s safe to say that COVID-19 is getting the best of New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres. After already being diagnosed with the virus in the offseason, Torres has tested positive again.

The Venezuelan is the first Yankees player to get COVID-19 in their latest outbreak, with seven coaches previously testing positive. Manager Aaron Boone spoke out on Torres heading to the IL, via ESPN.

“Certainly unexpected,” Boone said of Torres. “Obviously everyone, Major League Baseball, that’s in charge of testing is looking into that. The variants that could be out there if that is the case.”

All eight members of the Yankees organization have been fully vaccinated as well, including Torres. While their symptoms are asymptomatic, it is definitely a worry that variants are possibly still floating around.

On a more positive note though, New York had no more cases on Thursday as they wrap up a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays. With Torres out of the lineup, the Yankees recalled Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton, who they just sent down recently.

In 33 games this season, Torres has struggled offensively. He’s batting just .234 with one home run. But, the team has won four straight games heading into the finale against Tampa.