“We have three positives, and we have three pending that we’ve had rapid tests on,” Cashman said, saying the three positive rapid tests are being confirmed with additional lab work.
The players with confirmed positive tests are pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta, according to the team. The three unnamed players have results pending.
The three named players were all vaccinated, according to the team. Two of the players received Johnson & Johnson vaccines and the other was from either Pfizer or Moderna, Cashman says.
The pitchers are “doing well thus far,” Cashman said, while he declined to comment on the unnamed players until final confirmation of their positive tests are received by the team.
A ninth positive test, from infielder Gleyber Torres, was later determined to be a false positive, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
Occasional breakthrough cases are not unexpected because no vaccine is perfect.
Thursday’s game between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox was postponed due to the positive tests. The two teams are scheduled to play Friday at Yankee Stadium.
“We’re in a very fluid situation right now,” Cashman said.