New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced that ace pitcher Gerrit Cole has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to miss his scheduled start Tuesday. It’s unclear whether he is vaccinated or whether he is showing symptoms. On Tuesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was on a radio interview and confirjed that lefty Jordan Montgomery had also tested positive for COVID.
The Yankees have had two separate COVID outbreaks this season despite being among the teams to hit the 85 percent vaccination threshold. Most of the coaching staff tested positive in May, then six players, including Aaron Judge, tested positive right after the All-Star break in July. Five of the six players have since rejoined the team.
Cole, 30, is 10-6 with a 3.11 ERA and an MLB-leading 176 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings this season. Montgomery, 28, is 4-5 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 115 strikeouts in 114 2/3 innings.
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