Bronson Arroyo‘s comeback bid with the Nationals just took a big hit, as the rehabbing right-hander was scratched from today’s scheduled start with shoulder soreness.
Arroyo is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, but had a minor shoulder procedure done as well and at age 39 is simply trying to show that his arm can still handle pitching, period.
Arroyo was one of the most durable starters in MLB from 2004-2013, but he missed most of 2014 and all of 2015 before joining the Nationals on a minor-league contract. His deal is worth $2 million in guaranteed money if cracks the Opening Day roster, so the Nationals will have to decide if they think Arroyo is worth that investment to possibly stash on the season-opening disabled list.
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.