Another Yankees staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Another Yankees staff member has tested positive for coronavirus, Aaron Boone announced on Sunday.

The Yankees had eight members of the organization test positive for COVID-19 last week, including shortstop Gleyber Torres, three coaches and four unnamed staffers. All had been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and represented a rare number of breakthrough cases, but were asymptomatic.

The team went two days without recording another positive test. Then late Saturday night, Boone was told another staffer received a positive test.

“We’re just doing the best we can with it,” Boone said before the team’s afternoon game against the Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore. “Fortunately he’s another one that feels good. So we’ll continue to try to be vigilant and handle it as best we can.”

With the number of staff members in quarantine with the virus, the Yankees had called in help and added additional members to their traveling party to assist with their day to day activities. Another staffer was also en route to Camden Yards to replace the person who was starting their quarantine in Baltimore.

An additional staffer was identified as being a close contact of the last one who tested positive for COVID and was removed for contact tracing.

Boone said, like the other staffers in quarantine, this staff member would also be unnamed, but did clarify he was not part of the coaching staff.

INJURED LIST

As discussed on Saturday, the Yankees put Aaron Hicks on the IL, retroactive to May 13, with a left wrist sprain on Sunday. The team called up outfielder Ryan LaMarre, who they signed to a Major League contract and put on the 26-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as the corresponding move.

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“[He’s] a good defensive outfielder that can play all three positions,” Boone said of the decision to call LaMarre up. “Gives us another center fielder, along with [Brett Gardner] on the roster. Could see a platoon situation with those guys left, right there.”

Boone explained they called up LaMarre and not highly touted prospect Estevan Florial because Florial had only just been promoted to Triple-A. Florial will need to spend at least 72 hours on the Triple-A team before he can be called up and Boone said he wanted to see him continue to get his reps.

The 32-year-old journeyman LaMarre was drafted back in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He’s been in and out of the minors and big league with the Reds, Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox. His last MLB season was in 2019 with the Twins.

Last year, LaMarre was signed to a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays before the pandemic shut down baseball. The Rays released him amid the back and forth between when or whether the season would start. He signed a minor league deal with the Cubs during summer training and was put in Chicago’s Alternate Site for the shortened, 60-game season, but was never called to the big league team during their 2020 campaign. He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees in December.

Although LaMarre has experience playing every position in the outfield, most of his reps over the 225 big league games he’s played since his 2015 debut, have been at left and center field.

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