The Athletics activated pitcher A.J. Griffin from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, closer Sean Doolittle was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Per Slusser, manager Bob Melvin says Griffin isn’t quite ready to return to the majors yet, as he’s only up to about 80 pitches. The 27-year-old right-hander, on the road back from Tommy John surgery, has made three rehab starts. He pitched well in his first two at Single-A, but struggled in his most recent, allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings at Triple-A.
Griffin will make a few more starts at Triple-A. If he can prove himself useful, the A’s might bring him up to the major leagues by the All-Star break. Griffin hasn’t pitched in the majors since the end of the 2013 season.
As for Doolittle, his move to the 60-day disabled list means the A’s won’t be seeing him back for a while, if at all this season. He’s battling a left shoulder injury.
On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.
There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.
Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.
Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.