NEW YORK — The New York Yankees are now dealing with seven positive COVID-19 cases, all among their coaches and support staff.
All seven have been vaccinated.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone says all but one of those infected are asymptomatic and more test results are pending.
"I feel like in a lot of ways, because we're vaccinated, we're kind of good and able to deal with this. So there's a little bit of a frustrating part there, in all the testing that we're gonna do. You end up finding something if you reach for it hard enough," Boone said.
The Yankees kept Gleyber Torres out of the lineup Wednesday night as a precaution.
Torres had COVID-19 in December and has since been vaccinated.
Medical experts say it shouldn't be surprising to see people who've been vaccinated later test positive for the virus.
"There are going to be breakthrough cases. That was seen in the clinical trials,” said Dr. David Hirschwerk, an infectious disease specialist at Northwell Health. He says the vaccines do reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 but there's more.
"Mostly the reduction is in the risk of somebody becoming very sick from COVID, sick enough that it generally requires them to be hospitalized and potentially worse,” said Hirschwerk. “The other thing that the vaccines to very well is that those people who are vaccinated are far less likely to transmit the virus to other people."
While MLB officials continue to review more test results. Dr. Hirschwerk is among those who say the vaccines offer the best protection around.
The team earlier this week confirmed third base coach Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits were among those who tested positive for "breakthrough" cases.
The CDC says breakthrough cases occur in a small number of people who have been fully vaccinated.
The coaches received the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine.
The cases emerged nearly two weeks after the Yankees were allowed to relax Major League Baseball protocols after reaching an 85% vaccination rate.