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Yankees, White Sox to play Field of Dreams Game tonight in Iowa; Schmidt finished rehab, bumped up to Scranton; Peraza, Florial added to taxi squad; Holmes hits COVID-IL

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MLB.com | Anthony Castrovince The Yankees and the White Sox will play the Field of Dreams game tonight at the famous movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. It’s not quite the same field as the one used in the 1989 movie, but it’s very close. The first pitch will be at 7:00 p.m. ET, and Andrew Heaney and former Yankee Lance Lynn will be the starting pitchers. The link has all the information you need.

CBS Sports Yankees right-hander Clarke Schmidt pitched 3.2 innings on Wednesday for the Somerset Patriots, allowing three hits, two runs, a walk, and a hit by pitch. He struck out one. After the game, New York activated him from the 60-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The pitching prospect has finally left his elbow injury behind and is now in the ramp-up phase, potentially positioning himself for a call-up for the stretch run.

NJ Advance Media │ Brendan Kuty The Yankees have added shortstop Oswald Peraza and outfielder Estevan Florial to the taxi squad for the “Field of Dreams” game against the Chicago White Sox. One would understand having Florial around, but seeing Peraza’s name is a bit shocking, given his elite prospect status and relative inexperience. However, since he is the Yankees’ only infielder on the 40-man roster who isn’t either already on the active roster or on the injured list, it makes sense. It’s actually proof that the Bombers are currently extremely short-handed.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman The Yankees’ third COVID-19 outbreak of the season is still collecting names, as reliever Clay Holmes was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Wednesday. There hasn’t been a positive test yet, but the pitcher is reportedly showing symptoms. Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery, Gary Sánchez and Anthony Rizzo are currently sidelined with the virus, though Cole and Montgomery could potentially return “early next week.” Holmes has been a pleasant surprise since coming over from the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitching to a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings.