Report: Second Yankees Minor League Player Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Denny Larrondo Was 1st Known Case In MLB

Alec Gearty
March 17, 2020 - 12:37 pm

A minor league player within New York Yankees' organization has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). 

According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees are "following health officials directives" and minor league players are being tested and remain quarantined. The player is the second Yankee to test positive for the coronavirus within the past week. 

"We can confirm that a second minor league player from our Player Development complex has tesed positive for the COVID-19 virus," the Yankees said in a statement. "While under self-quarantine, the player reported fatigue and an elevated body temperature to Yankees medical personnel. The test was administered on Sunday and the player returned to the self-quarantine following the positive test results. We can also report that within the past 48 hours his symptoms have dissipated."

The Yankees added they'll follow proper protocols set under MLB and health officials. 

On Sunday, USA Today reported an unidentified Yankees minor league player — later revealed to be pitcher Denny Larrondo — became the first known coronavirus case in MLB. General manager Brian Cashman, not disclosing Larrondo's identification at the time, said the player was quarantined after showing coronavirus symptoms. 

"Friday morning, he woke up and presented with symptoms of fever and fatigue, and he called it in," Cashman said, via ESPN. "He did not report to the facility. Turning the time back, Thursday night, he didn't go out. He ordered for pizza delivery to his room, and that was it. Symptom-free up until Friday morning when he woke up. And so, they reacted to his temperature and tested him for influenza and tested him for strep. They both came back negative."

The Yankees have since quarantined a handful of their minor league players. 

"(They're) supplying us with to-go boxes and waters, in my opinion more than enough to get by each day," a player told Newsday's Erik Boland. "No player will be going hungry or (getting) dehydrated during the quarantine that's for damn sure."

MLB announced opening day would be delayed at least two weeks due to coronavirus concerns. The league already suspended its spring training slate, advising players to depart facilities and head home.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he'd likely return to New York in the upcoming days. Catcher Chris Iannetta, who signed a minor league contract during the offseason, was one of the players to leave and posted he didn't think he'd "be home from Yankees spring training under these circumstances" on social media

Heyman reported most of the Yankees' 40-man roster had intended to remain in Florida due to the lack of training options elsewhere if they were to depart the facilities.