Yankees expected to play Rays despite Phil Nevin’s ‘breakthrough positive’ COVID test

The Yankees on Tuesday confirmed reports of a “breakthrough positive” test among a vaccinated member of their coaching staff ahead of their night game against the Rays.

The information was detailed in a statement released by the team. The positive test belongs to third-base coach Phil Nevin, who is currently under quarantine in Tampa.

“We have a breakthrough positive involving 3B Coach Phil Nevin, who is fully vaccinated. He is currently under quarantine protocol in Tampa. Under Major League Baseball’s guidance and advice, and with its assistance, additional testing and contact tracing are ongoing.”

At the moment, Tuesday’s game doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy: Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that he expects the two teams to play.

While Boone confirmed that no players had tested positive or were involved in contact tracing as a result of Nevin’s positive test, he did say that “a few other staff/coaches are still pending.”

Those members of the team are quarantining and will not be available against the Rays. That includes first base coach Reggie Willits, per NJ.com, so the Yankees will have two new base coaches with Nevin and Willits out. Baseball development coordinator Mario Garza will man first base; bench coach Carlos Mendoza will be the third base coach.

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