The team announced on Thursday that Torres has tested positive for the virus.
“The Yankees can today confirm that INF Gleyber Torres has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. He was fully vaccinated and previously had COVID-19 during the most recent baseball offseason. Torres has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list,” the team said in a statement.
The Yankees have called up Miguel Andujar in Torres’ place.
Manager Aaron Boone said Torres is asymptomatic and “is doing fine.”
Seven other members of the Yankees’ traveling party, including pitching coach Matt Blake, and base coaches Phil Nevin and Reggie Willits, all of whom are fully vaccinated, also have the virus.
Boone said that “all seven are doing well and feel fine.”
Torres, who had the virus in December, did not play on Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution.”
“Certainly unexpected,” Boone said of Torres’ case, given that he has already been positive and is fully vaccinated. “Obviously I think everyone, Major League Baseball, everyone that’s in charge of the testing is obviously looking into that and the variance that could be out there, if that is indeed the case. Just trying to, as best we can, keep our guys healthy, safe, and the people we’re surrounded with and just trying to the best we can as things continue to trickle in.”
“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,” the Yankees said in their statement.
Torres had been slashing .277/.356/.369 in his last 17 games.
ESPN notes that “all members of the Yankees’ traveling party have been tested at least three times each since Tuesday,” and Boone said all saliva tests on Thursday came back negative, marking the team’s first day of all-negative tests since their first positive case.
Earlier on Thursday, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear a mask or socially distance.
“I don’t know that it concerns me. Right now, we’re dealing with, obviously, a ton of moving parts, and things continuing to unfold in house,” Boone said. “So we’re just trying to get our arms around that and take the guidance from Major League Baseball, the doctors that we deal with, and just try to do best we can with our situation right now and kinda our world that we live in on a daily basis. I understand the move towards normalcy, I’ve started down that road a little bit, as well. Obviously we’ve been rocked here the last several days, as well. Just trying to handle it as best we can…
“I think it’s all kind of stopped us in our tracks a little bit. Been personally wearing my mask a lot more…being a little more due diligent, because I think when we got to that [85 percent] threshold, frankly, I probably relaxed a little bit. I just think for all of us it just kind of made us more cautious.”