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Marlins activate J.T. Realmuto

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The Marlins announced on Tuesday that catcher J.T. Realmuto has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. He’ll be behind the plate tonight as the Marlins take on the Yankees in New York.

Realmuto, 27, began the season on the disabled list due to a bone bruise in his back he suffered in mid-march during a Grapefruit League game against… the Yankees.

Realmuto ranked among the game’s most productive catchers last year, accruing 3.6 Wins Above Replacement (per Baseball Reference), largely due to a solid .278/.332/.451 line with 17 home runs and 65 RBI in 579 plate appearances.

Chad Wallach and Bryan Holaday had been handling catching duties while Realmuto was out. The two — plus Tomas Telis, who had five plate appearances as a catcher — combined to hit .169/.246/.203. Wallach was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans to create roster space for Realmuto.

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.