Reports: Marlins, Reds dealing with possible COVID-19 outbreaks
Multiple MLB teams might be dealing with potential outbreaks of COVID-19.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported numerous Miami Marlins players have tested positive, including starting pitcher Jose Urena as well as first baseman Garrett Cooper and right fielder Harold Ramirez. Starting catcher Jorge Alfaro had previously tested positive:
Sources: Marlins new positives include Cooper and Ramirez in addition to Urena, plus Alfaro had been positive. So they’ve now lost their starting RF, DH/1B and C in addition to one of their better pitchers. @ByRobertMurray 1st on some names
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 26, 2020
The state of Florida continues to struggle handling the pandemic, so these positive tests — while extremely unfortunate — might not come as too much of a surprise. At the same time, the Marlins had gone three weeks without a single positive test.
Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, the Reds are having problems of their own, which isn’t good for MLB.
Infielder Matt Davidson tested positive for COVID-19 on Opening Day. Just one day later, fellow infielder Mike Moustakas has been placed on the Injured List after he woke up feeling ill, per manager David Bell.
“He woke up not feeling well,” Bell said. “That’s all we know at this point, so we’re hopeful that it’s nothing. As you can imagine, we’re just very hopeful that it’s nothing and he’ll be back. It is really important, as you can imagine, just to be really cautious. Hopefully, we’re just being overly cautious. That’s what we have to do and that’s part of being a great teammate at this point is if there is any doubt, we have to stay home.”
Outfielder Nick Senzel was a late scratch for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, lending skepticism regarding his status as well.
This is hardly the news MLB wanted just days after opening the 2020 season. The last round of results yielded a positive return of just 0.5 percent.
However, it remains to be seen how MLB and individual teams will handle potential outbreaks, and whether it could endanger the integrity of the season.