Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball and the NL favorite for Rookie of the Year, is expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks with a strained left knee.
That qualifies as positive news, because Seager tweaked his knee running the bases Friday and went for an MRI exam. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called the diagnosis of a mild strain the “best-case scenario” and said it’s possible but probably “pushing it” that Seager will be ready for Opening Day.
Seager was the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2012 and debuted last season, hitting .337 with four homers and a .986 OPS in 27 games while playing both shortstop and third base. Jimmy Rollins’ departure as a free agent cleared the path for Seager to take over as the everyday shortstop and the 22-year-old has a chance to be one of the best in the league immediately.
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.