Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Yankees Starting Pitcher Reportedly Contracted Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Yankees Starting Pitcher Reportedly Contracted Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

The Yankees sent J.A. Happ home on Tuesday with hand, foot and mouth disease, meaning he might miss his scheduled start against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Happ "doesn't have any idea" how he picked up the virus, Cashman said.

The 35-year-old Happ has been with the Yankees for just five days since being dealt from Toronto on July 26. "No one is going to really have an answer to it other than just guessing".

It's the second recent case of the disease for a NY pitcher after Mets starter Noah Syndergaard contracted the illness earlier in July.

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Last week, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard landed on the disabled list with a odd illness - hand, foot and mouth disease. In his Yankees debut Sunday, Happ allowed one run on three hits over six innings in a 6-3 win over the Royals.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand, foot and mouth disease can spread when people who have it cough or sneeze. Around the same time, the pitcher was sent to New York Presbyterian Hospital for observation. Symptoms include uclers, sores around the mouth, a rash or blisters.

Cashman told reporters that it is a mild case. "We're taking the necessary precautions, but first and foremost we're doing what's best for J.A. Happ".

For those wondering, hand foot and mouth disease is a "common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than five years old".

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