Gleyber Torres out again due to health and safety protocols
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees SS Gleyber Torres out again due to health and safety protocols

The New York Yankees confirmed ahead of Wednesday's game at the Tampa Bay Rays that at least seven coaches and support staff members tested positive for COVID-19 and that shortstop Gleyber Torres wouldn't play in that contest out of an "abundance of caution."

ESPN's Marly Rivera reports Torres won't participate in Thursday's series finale at the Rays. Manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Wednesday's victory in Tampa that MLB and the MLB Players Association were reviewing the results of Torres' coronavirus tests and that "more information" was required before the shortstop could return to the lineup.

Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and pitching coach Matt Blake are among the seven individuals who tested positive. According to the club, all seven and Torres have been vaccinated. 

The Philadelphia Phillies added two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the coronavirus-related injured list on Thursday even though he tested negative because he was showing virus symptoms. Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and right fielder Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres are currently out due to positive test results, and San Diego also has three other players on the IL following contact tracing. 

MLB and the MLBPA typically unveil weekly COVID-19 testing data on Friday. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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