Yankees’ LeMahieu, Cessa test positive for COVID-19

New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa have tested positive for COVID-19 and are away from the team, the club announced Saturday.”We are hopeful (their absence) will be a short time but they are not here at this point, so we’ll see how that continues to unfold over the next several days,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said during a virtual news conference with reporters following workouts.According to Boone, both players tested positive before arriving to New York and are self-isolating at their homes, outside the state. Boone said LeMahieu was asymptomatic while Cessa has mild symptoms.Saturday was the club’s first official workout at Yankee Stadium as clubs renew preparations for the 2020 season. MLB was in the middle of spring training when the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports. Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26. The season will now begin July 23 or 24.MLB and the players union on Friday announced that a total of 31 players and seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 through the first wave of testing. According to a joint release, 3,185 total samples were tested, making for a positivity rate of 1.2 percent. Of the league’s 30 teams, 19 have had at least one positive test.

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