It was 78 degrees at the start of Saturday’s matinee between the Marlins and Brewers, and by the top of the fourth inning, Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia was feeling the heat. When J.T. Riddle vaulted a pop fly into foul territory, Arcia took advantage of the moment by sneaking a bite of a fan’s ice cream:
Arcia didn’t crack a smile after scooping the ice cream straight out of the bowl, and returned to the field to finish out Zach Davies‘ 1-2-3 inning. Giancarlo Stanton popped another foul ball to the same spot at the top of the fifth inning, prompting Arcia to take a second to smooth things over with the ice cream helmet eater and his friends and leaving them all smiles the second time around.
When he wasn’t taking a well-deserved snack break, Arcia went 3-for-4 at the plate with two base hits and his seventh home run of the season. The Brewers took the game 8-4, improving to three games ahead of the second-place Cubs in the NL Central.
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.