Thursday's Yankees-Red Sox game postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests, Aaron Judge in quarantine

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The second-half opener between the Boston Red Sox and Yankees in the Bronx has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Yankees organization.

Along with positive cases, three players, one of them reportedly Aaron Judge, are in quarantine awaiting results.

MLB said in a statement that the game was postponed "to allow for continued testing and contact tracing."

The Yankees cancelled batting practice on Thursday before the game was postponed, and media members were asked to leave the field.

The Yankees had previously placed Nestor Cortes and Wandy Peralta on the COVID-19 IL on Thursday, and Jonathan Loaisiga was placed on the list on July 10.

Brian Cashman added that there are three players currently in quarantine awaiting test results - reports say those players are Judge, Gio Urshela, and Kyle Higashioka. However, he said all of the players are "okay," and the vaccine is doing its job in lessening the worst effects of the virus.

"We encourage everybody to get [vaccinated], guarantee not getting hospitalized and not getting death coming from COVID, which is important..." Cashman said. "We're thankful that we're vaccinated in most cases."

“We’ll just rally around them give them the support they need and see where this thing goes as the hours unfold and we get more of the lab-based testing back," Aaron Boone said.

Cashman added that "most" of the players in quarantine, including those on the COVID-19, are fully vaccinated. The Yanks had an outbreak several weeks ago in which all members were fully vaccinated.

Because of the breakthrough cases, Cashman said the Yankees may have to "reevaluate" what they do moving forward.

"We rely on a lot of guidance from medical experts and try to implement the best of our abilities. ... We're certainly trying to create... a safe environment to come work and travel in, and we'll constantly be reevaluating that whenever necessary for the benefit of our personnel," Cashman said.

There is no word yet on whether Friday's game will be played.