Gerrit Cole
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New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole will miss his next start and won’t return for at least a week.

New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday. Manager Aaron Boone broke the unfortunate news in his postgame press conference following the Yankees’ 7-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

Several sources reported Cole’s positive test, including Brendan Kuty of

Gerrit Cole is in the second year of a nine-year, $324 million contract he signed prior to last season. He is the unquestioned ace of the New York Yankees’ pitching staff and leads the AL with 176 strikeouts. Cole is 10-6 with a 3.14 ERA this season and just came off his worst start of the year, in which he allowed seven earned runs in 5.1 innings at Tampa Bay.

It is not yet clear who will start in Cole’s place, but Nestor Cortes is the most likely candidate.

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Josh Benjamin is a Bronx native who lives and breathes the New York Yankees despite being born into a family full of Mets fans. He is the MLB Editor at RealSport and considers himself a student of the game. When not writing, he can be found either at Yankee Stadium or deep in discussion with his fellow sports nuts.