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Braves trade Jhoulys Chacin to the Angels

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Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Braves are trading starter Jhoulys Chacin to the Angels.

Chacin has a 5.40 ERA and 27/8 K/BB ratio in 26 and two-thirds innings over five starts this season for Atlanta, though that’s skewed a bit by his last start against the Mets. For his career he’s 41-51 with a respectable 3.82 ERA and a K/BB ration of 562/298 in 134 games, 118 of which were starts.

The Angels, of course, are in deep doo-doo starting pitching-wise, what with the loss of Garrett Richards to Tommy John surgery and the indefinite absence of Andrew Heaney due to ligament issues of his own.

O’Brien does not yet have word of what the Braves are getting in return. The Angels system is largely bereft of prospects, but Chacin is not exactly someone for whom one can expect a huge haul in return.

UPDATE: Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports that the Angels are sending lefty Adam McCreery to Atlanta. He’s a 22 and was a 22nd round pick in 2014. He has only pitched in rookie ball, where he has a 3.55 ERA in 31 relief appearances.

MLB and MLBPA announce first set of COVID-19 test results

MLB COVID-19 test results
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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.