Thursday was supposed to be the start of the second half for both the Red Sox and the Yankees, something that annoyed at least some players in the Boston clubhouse because their break was shorter than everyone else’s. This was to be the only game of the day across all of major-league baseball, as well as Jarren Duran’s big-league debut, but it is no more. Due to COVID issues running through the Yankees clubhouse, the game has reportedly been postponed.
Yankees-Red Sox tonight postponed due to NYY’s COVID-19 issue, sources tell @TheAthletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 15, 2021
The extent to this COVID outbreak is unknown, but first and foremost, before we get into frustration, obviously we want everyone who has indeed tested positive to hopefully be doing okay. As of this writing, we still aren’t sure if this is players, coaches, or both, and we are not sure what the plan is moving forward for the rest of the series. We will, of course, keep you updated as we learn more.
But for now, we will have to wait at least one more day for our first chance to see Jarren Duran in action in a major-league game that counts, and for Tanner Houck to pitch in a major-league game again. Eduardo Rodriguez was supposed to get the start here on Thursday, and will presumably be scheduled to pitch Friday if they are indeed able to play.