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Jordan Montgomery tests positive for Covid-19, Yankees falling apart again [UPDATE]

Gerrit Cole tested positive for Covid on Monday night. Montgomery could also miss starts while Corey Kluber and Domingo German are injured.

Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees walks off the field after the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 29, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Update — Luis Gil has been called up to start in place of Cole on Tuesday night vs. the Orioles. Brian Cashman told WFAN on Tuesday afternoon that SP Jordan Montgomery has also tested positive for Covid-19. We don’t know how long Cole and Montgomery will be out of the rotation. This is even worse news considering Domingo German and Corey Kluber remain on injured list.

New York Yankees SP Gerrit Cole has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not start Tuesday’s game vs. the Baltimore Orioles, per manager Aaron Boone. Cole is the latest Yankee to have to go into isolation due to Covid-19. After the All-Star Break, the Yankees were without Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela for two weeks after a Covid breakout without the team.

According to Jon Heyman, Cole is vaccinated, so there’s a chance that this is a false positive. That would mean Cole wouldn’t have to isolate and head to Covid IL for at least 10-14 days. Cole may end up missing just the one start on Tuesday vs. the O’s. We’ll see what happens.

Update — Cortes will start for Cole on Tuesday vs. the O’s, per Boone.

So we could see the Yankees rotation extremely thin with Domingo German recently being placed on injured list. Without Cole and German, the Yanks are down to Jordan Montgomery, Jameson Taillon and Andrew Heaney, who just got shelled against Baltimore. We should see one bullpen day take the place of German or Cole, likely with Nestor Cortes or Jonathan Loaisiga starting. Those two could be tasked with filling in the gaps created by Cole and German.