New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake is one of the latest affected as the team's number of COVID-19 positive tests increased to seven coaches and support staff members, according to manager Aaron Boone on Wednesday.
Third-base coach Phil Nevin and first-base coach Reggie Willits were away from the team Tuesday due to their positive tests. Blake is now away from the team as well. All three are quarantining in Tampa as the Yankees play a series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The other four people who tested positive are non-uniform staffers, according to Boone.
Nevin displayed symptoms while the other six are asymptomatic, Boone said. All seven people received the single-shot Johnson Johnson vaccine, according to the team.
"We're seeing the vaccinations also kind of blunt the effects of the virus," Boone said. "We're also learning as we go and getting informed as what we need to do exactly and just try to do as best we can to be able to make quick adjustments on the fly. Just doing the best we can with it all."
New York shortstop Gleyber Torres was held out of Wednesday's lineup due to an "abundance of caution." Torres is awaiting test results and was replaced in the lineup by Tyler Wade.
Boone said Torres tested positive for COVID-19 in December.
"Gleyber has the antibodies, had the vaccination, so we're hopeful it's not much," Boone said.
Bullpen coach Mike Harkey added the pitching-coach duties for Wednesday's game against the Rays. Bench coach Carlos Mendoza was the third-base coach for the second straight game and player development coordinator Mario Garza was again the first-base coach.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said that the Yankees were going a good job at communicating about the situation.
"First of all, you hope they're OK," Cash said. "We've got some very intelligent people and the right doctors that are advising the right way to go about things."
--Field Level Media