Astros outfielder had to be carted off the field after making a catch against the fence in center field. Springer caught Ryan Braun‘s fly ball on the warning track, falling backwards which caused his shoulder and head to crash into the bottom of the fence. Springer was alert and sitting upright as he was carted off, so this appears to be precautionary more than anything.
Kyle Tucker replaced Springer in center field, batting in the leadoff spot. He grounded out to begin the top of the sixth inning. Springer was 1-for-2 with a single on the night before exiting.
The Astros should provide an update on Springer’s status later tonight or tomorrow. He may enter concussion protocol. The 90-49 Astros have the AL West close to wrapped up, so it stands to reason they will be cautious with Springer regardless of what the prognosis is.
Springer, 29, entered Tuesday night’s action batting .296/.388/.573 with 30 home runs, 78 RBI, and 81 runs scored in 484 plate appearances on the season.
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.