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Aaron Judge among three Yankees players placed in Covid-19 protocols

The Yankees OF is joined by C Kyle Higashioka and 3B Gio Urshela in protocols. Judge was at the All-Star Game earlier in the week and this could have a major impact throughout MLB.

American League All-Star Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes the field during player introductions for the 91st MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Coors Field on July 13, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images

New York Yankees OF Aaron Judge, 3B Gio Urshela and C Kyle Higashioka have been placed into Covid-19 health and safety protocols on Thursday night. The Yankees were supposed to begin the second half of the 2021 MLB season against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, but the game was postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. It turns out this could have a major impact on the League overall.

Judge was at the All-Star Game festivities earlier in the week and the Red Sox were forced to take contact tracing procedures as a result, which involved All-Star 3B Rafael Devers. If Judge was in contact with a slew of All-Star players on Monday and Tuesday, this could lead to more contact tracing throughout the League.

Devers underwent testing this afternoon and you’ve got to think that teammate SS Xander Bogaerts, who was also in Denver for the ASG, will also get tested. Red Sox manager told reporters he’s concerned about Devers, Bogaerts, Nathan Eovaldi, Matt Barnes and JD Martinez, stating not all of them are vaccinated.

The League at least has until Friday when more teams begin the second half to get this thing under control. We’ll see if this means every team undergoes mandatory testing to see if there was any spread throughout the League. We’ll keep an eye out for more updates as this story develops.