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Second Yankees minor-leaguer tests positive for coronavirus

A second Yankees minor-leaguer has tested positive for coronavirus. (Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees alerted their organization that a second minor-leaguer has tested positive for coronavirus, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday. 

Both players have remained anonymous with the first case being reported on Sunday — prompting the team to quarantine all of their minor-league players for two weeks. These are the only two reported cases in baseball.

The Yankees’ spring training facility at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa is located in Hillsborough County, currently has seven reported cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday afternoon.

Major League Baseball has sent all of its minor-leaguers home from spring training while major-leaguers are making their way home or wherever they are comfortable for four-to-six weeks.

The coronavirus outbreak has already resulted in the cancelation of spring training and the postponement of the regular season for at least eight weeks. That means the earliest the 2020 season could start is sometime around June. 

 

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