Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen was forced to leave Monday night’s series opener in San Diego after suffering an apparent knee injury in the first inning. McCutchen, who drew a leadoff walk, was caught in a run-down after second baseman Ian Kinsler intentionally dropped a pop-up hit by Jean Segura. McCutchen needed assistance to leave the field.
The Phillies should provide an update on McCutchen’s status later tonight. In the meantime, recently-acquired outfielder Jay Bruce entered the game in left field and Sean Rodríguez moved from left field to center.
McCutchen, 32, inked a three-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies in December. He entered Monday’s action batting .256/.375/.457 with 10 home runs, 29 RBI, and a league-high 42 walks in 261 plate appearances.
Nick Williams, who was just sent back down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room on the roster for Bruce, may get called back up if McCutchen needs to be placed on the injured list.
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.