Red Sox manager Alex Cora is 'worried' about Boston All-Stars as Yankees, MLB await clarity on Aaron Judge

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Aaron Judge at MLB All-Star Game
Aaron Judge at MLB All-Star Game

Speaking as the Red Sox left the field after batting practice on Thursday, manager Alex Cora said that he was concerned about his own All-Star players in light of the Yankees’ COVID-19 outbreak.

Boston’s BP was the only baseball activity that took place at Yankee Stadium Thursday, after Major League Baseball postponed the game.

Now, questions abound about contact tracing among All-Stars all over the league.

ESPN first reported that All-Star Aaron Judge was one of the players in health and safety protocols. A league source confirmed that.


The Yankees announced that Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes and Wandy Peralta have tested positive for the coronavirus, and that three others were in protocols. ESPN also reported that Gio Ursela and Kyle Higashioka were in COVID protocols.

“I was a little worried, and obviously I’m worried now,” Cora said of his team’s five All-Stars, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Barnes. “Some of them are vaccinated and some of them are not.”

Cora also said that he did not want to make up Thursday’s cancellation with a doubleheader on Friday. He did not believe that was enough time to fully resolve COVID concerns.

“Hopefully we don't play two tomorrow,” he said. “I think we have to take care of the whole thing. I think the most important thing is their clubhouse now. Hopefully in our case, we are going to be aggressive … as far as testing.”

Cora said that his All-Stars were tested Thursday morning, and that he expected additional tests.

An MLB spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about contact tracing related to the All-Star Game.