It was never a matter of “if” a Yankee player was going to test positive for the coronavirus, it was a matter of “when”.
According to Aaron Boone, both DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa have tested positive for COVID-19. The players gave permission to have their names released.
Luis Cessa and D.J. LeMahieu have tested positive for Covid-19 before coming to New York, per Aaron Boone. They are isolating at home. LeMahieu is asymptomatic and Cessa has shown mild symptoms, Boone said.
The criteria for when a “covered individual” who tests positive can return to their organization is below. A “covered individual” is a player, coach or umpire, as well as staffers such as clubhouse attendants.
Through Summer Camp, the regular season and the playoffs, covered individuals will undergo multiple daily temperature checks. Anyone who registers a 100.4 degree temperature or higher will be sent home and quarantined unit a test can be administered.
Players and coaches will be tested every other day, and all other personnel will be tested several times throughout the week. Antibody testing will take place once a month.
Prior to camps opening, Major League Baseball conducted intake testing of players and staff. Of the 3,185 tests, only 38 were positive.
Gary Sanchez and Aroldis Chapman have also been absent from the Stadium the last couple of days, but Boone said it’s because of travel delays and waiting for test results to come back.