Former Rockies star DJ LeMahieu tests positive for coronavirus as part of scary day for Yankees
NEW YORK — Former Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu and Yankees teammate Luis Cessa tested positive for the coronavirus, New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday.
Both tested positive before traveling to New York and are self-isolating at home, according to Boone.
It was all part of a rough day for the Yankees that included Masahiro Tanaka crumpled motionless on the mound after being hit by a hard line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during practice.
Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after the incident, a frightening scene moments into the team’s first official summer camp workout.
“That took a little air out,” Boone said.
LeMahieu and Cessa won’t report until they’ve cleared quarantine. Boone said LeMahieu is asymptomatic and Cessa has mild symptoms. Boone did not say when each player tested positive.
Tanaka’s hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground and grabbed his head after being struck by Stanton’s comebacker. Trainers quickly ran to the Japanese right-hander, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up.
Tanaka walked off with the help of trainers. Boone said Tanaka is expected to be released from the hospital Saturday night and will go into concussion protocol.
“That’s kind of a freak accident, one in a million chance of happening,” said left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who replaced Tanaka on the mound moments later. “When it does, it’s terrifying.”
Boone said Tanaka showed concussion-like symptoms at the ballpark but they dissipated at the hospital. A CT ...
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