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J.A. Happ is the latest pitcher with hand, foot, and mouth disease

Yes, it happened again.

Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Usually it’s the Mets trying to follow the Yankees’ example when it comes to on-field performance and player development. But for once, the team in the Bronx is coming in second to their crosstown rivals. Unfortunately for the Mets, they definitely don’t get bragging rights for “winning” this particular situation.

Only a week-plus after Noah Syndergaard shockingly contracted the usual-children’s malady hand, foot, and mouth disease, new Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ also has the illness.

He was sent home on Tuesday after being diagnosed at New York Presbyterian hospital, but unlike his children’s-sickness-contracting counterpart Happ has not been sent to the disabled list just yet. At this point, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he is still on track to start against the Red Sox at Fenway this Saturday. Apparently this case of a disease that rarely appears in adults is only a minor one.

The trade deadline was slow this year so it’s nice of the New York team that previously did not have a player with hand, foot, and mouth disease to change that just in time for everyone to laugh about it. Because seriously, how does this keep happening?

Syndergaard’s case at least seemed to be tied to volunteering at a children’s camp. Are MLB pitchers all playing with children’s stuffed animals and then eating food without washing their hands? Do New York starters have a secret club where they play in city playground sandboxes in the dead of night as some sort of ritual and then go to the clubhouse the next morning and touch everything they can, including their own eyes and mouths?

One more instance and this isn’t a trend, it’s a indictment of New York players’ ability to know when to wash their hands or avoid children with the disease. Stay safe, New York teammates. Your clubhouses might not be safe havens.