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Yankees' minor-league complex to reopen on Wednesday

Exterior of the Yankees minor league complex taken

Exterior of the Yankees minor league complex taken on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Credit: WFLA

The quarantine for Yankees minor-leaguers and much of their player development staff in place since March 13 will officially end Wednesday.

And, at the moment, it looks as if the organization will escape with just two of their minor-leaguers having tested positive for coronavirus, with those positives coming back very early.

The Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa was shut down March 13, on the recommendation of the Florida Department of Health, after one of their players woke up that morning complaining of symptoms indicative of the virus. The player, who did not report to the complex that day, was immediately quarantined and tested. Two days later, a second player — who, like the first, was never publicly named — tested positive. That created more than a little bit of anxiety among the approximately 150 minor-leaguers in camp about the possibility that the virus had widely spread throughout the complex.

“Oh, for sure,” one minor-leaguer said early last week via text when asked if players were “freaking out”  after the second positive test. “Being in that same clubhouse every single day. Showering in the same facility, sharing the same baseballs all day, the sweat in the clubhouse . . . so many variables in play.”

That appears to have not been the case, though, and those minor-leaguers who do not reside locally as of Wednesday will be able to depart Tampa.

While self-quarantined, each minor-leaguer and staff had access to three meals a day — or more if desired — which were delivered to the players or picked up at the complex.

The complex will reopen Wednesday, but general manager Brian Cashman said via text Tuesday that most of the minor-league development staff will continue to work “remotely” and the small number who are at the complex “will practice social distancing.”

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