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TAMPA — A second New York Yankees minor-leaguer has tested positive for coronavirus.
On Sunday, another Yankees minor-leaguer became the first professional baseball player to test positive. Entering the week, three NBA players and one XFL player had. On Tuesday, ESPN reported that four more NBA players, all members of the Brooklyn Nets, joined them.
The Yankees hold spring training in Tampa, but the minor-leaguers train at a different facility — located off Himes Avenue, two blocks south of Raymond James Stadium — than the major-league team, which headquarters its spring activities at Steinbrenner Field and its adjacent fields.
After the first Yankees minor-leaguer tested positive, the organization placed the rest of the players in self-quarantine in the team hotel for two weeks.
In a team statement, the Yankees said that while in quarantine, the second player complained of fatigue and a fever to Yankees medical personnel. He received a test on Sunday and returned to quarantine after receiving a positive test. Within the past 48 hours, that players symptoms have dissipated, the team said.
“We will continue to follow all protocols and recommendations established by local and federal public health experts and Major League Baseball,” the statement added.
The major-league team voted to remain in Tampa and have players work out on their own as a group to wait for the season to start, but after Major League Baseball announced Monday that the season won’t start any sooner than mid-May, players will likely start dispersing.
“I’m sure guys will start heading home for a few days or a week until this situation settles down,” Yankees player rep Zack Britton said in a text message to the Tampa Bay Times.
A league memo sent to players Sunday told major-league players they were free to use spring training facilities for training and treatment, but cautioned that could change in coming days.
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