NEW YORK – Three players were diagnosed positive for COVID-19 among 900 samples taken during the second week of testing at training camp.
Major Baseball revealed that there have been 15 positive cases out of a total of 5,236 tests so far in spring camps, a rate of 0.3%. The positive tests included 12 players and three employees.
All players on the 40-player list and those with smaller league contracts who are invited to training camp will be shown. All other field personnel such as managers, sports instructors and therapists, strength and conditioning personnel and doctors were also tested.
The team owner, managers, communications staff, employees who have access to the locker room or the field who need access to restricted areas are also checked.
Based on the final statistics released last year, MLB said it collected 1,727,40 samples and 91 tested positive, or 0.05%. Fifty-seven of the 91 positive cases were players, and 21 of the 30 teams were affected.
MLB and the Players Association have teamed up to spend an estimated US $ 35 million on COVID-19 testing and protocols last year during training camps, which began July 1, postponed the season and shortened to 60 games and the playoffs expanded to 16 teams.
There were 45 regular season games postponed for COVID-19-related reasons last year, but only two remained between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers.
– By the Associated Press
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