Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson had a setback in his recovery from offseason elbow surgery and early spring shoulder problems, with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reporting that “his status for the first month or two of the regular season [is] in question.”
DiGiovanna writes that Wilson had issues following a bullpen session Saturday and “will be relegated to playing catch” for the foreseeable future. He’ll definitely begin the season on the disabled list and hasn’t even advanced to facing a live hitter yet, so the recovery process is going to take a while.
Wilson is making $20 million this season in the final year of a $70 million contract and with right-hander Jered Weaver also sidelined by health problems the Angels’ rotation is looking very shaky right now. Wilson posted a 3.87 ERA in his first four seasons with the Angels, including a 3.89 ERA in 132 innings last year.
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.