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Rockies to call up Matt Holliday

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The Rockies didn’t make any big moves to bolster their offense at the trade deadline and, surprisingly, did not place a waiver claim on Daniel Murphy, allowing him to fall to the Cubs. They did, however, sign old friend Matt Holliday to a minor league deal at the end of July, and now, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports, they’re going to select his contract and call him up to the big club.

Holliday has had 62 plate appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque, putting up a line of .346/.452/.596 with three homers and four doubles. Not too shabby, even if it is a hitter’s park in a hitter’s league.

Holliday hasn’t appeared in the major leagues since last season, when he hit .231/.316/.432 with the Yankees. His best days, obviously, came with the Rockies back in the late 2000s when he hit a cumulative .319/.386/.552 with 128 home runs, a .938 OPS and 20.2 WAR in five seasons.

Holliday played some games in left field during his minor league assignment, but given his age and how large the Coors Field outfield is, you have to figure he’ll see more time at first base, where he saw action with the Yankees, as well as being given some pinch hitting duty.

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.