Another All-Star has tested positive for COVID-19.
Boone said Chapman has “mild symptoms” and added “he will not be here for the foreseeable future” #yankees
— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) July 11, 2020
With opening day less than two weeks away, the Yankees will not be able to count on having Chapman available for the early portion of the 60-game schedule. Alternative plans are already being made.
With Aroldis Chapman having tested positive for COVID-19, Zack Britton would be a "natural guy" to install as the #Yankees closer, Aaron Boone said.
Boone said that Chapman will not be with the team "for the foreseeable future."
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 11, 2020
In order to return, Chapman must produce two negative tests 24 hours apart.
The news adds to what has been a concerning day for Major League Baseball.
On Saturday morning, the Houston Astros canceled a full day’s worth of workouts after a staff member reported potential exposure to someone who is COVID-19 positive. The Kansas City Royals also announced that catcher Cam Gallagher tested positive after participating in Friday night’s intrasquad game at Kauffman Stadium.
On Friday, MLB announced there were 66 positive COVID-19 tests in the final wave of intake testing.
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