Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said yesterday that starter Mike Bolsinger, who was presumed to be the fifth starter given Zach Lee’s demotion, is dealing with an oblique injury and could begin the season on the disabled list. Others with the Dodgers are calling it an abdominal injury.
Either way, the competition for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation is going to continue. Carlos Frias and Zach Lee are the most likely possibilities. The Dodgers had a lot of starting pitching options entering camp, but those ranks are getting thinner by the week. Brett Anderson is out for months. Brandon Beachy is dealing with tendinitis. There have always been at least mild concerns about how well Scott Kazmir will hold up given his second half of 2015.
With God (a/k/a Clayton Kershaw) all things are possible, but overall, there are a lot of innings to be covered in Los Angeles.
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.