Actually, it’s not really a uniform. It’s one of those workout smocks managers wear so they don’t have to tuck in their shirt and stuff. Who cares? They look comfy.
It is weird to see Matt Harvey in anything other than a mets uni– er, workout smock. We’ll have to wait until this evening to see him in his actual Cincinnati Reds uniform, as he makes his first start for his new team against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Harvey’s story is well-known by now, of course. The onetime phenom posted a 2.53 ERA in 427 innings from 2012 to 2015, but Tommy John surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome and, depending on who you talk to, a bad attitude and bad conditioning, has contributed to him posting a 5.93 ERA in 212.1 innings over the last three years.
He’ll be on a pitch count tonight, as the Reds look to work him back into starting slowly following his disastrous detour into the Mets bullpen.
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.