Marlins Park to be used for drive-thru coronavirus testing

Marlins Park
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On Sunday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez announced that drive-thru testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will becoming soon to Marlins Park. The Marlins also passed along the announcement, adding that more details are expected on Monday.

Obviously, it makes sense to use Marlins Park in this way, since no actual baseball games will be held there for quite a while. It’s in an area with high population density and is in a location accessible to many people.

Hopefully, this leads to quick and efficient testing, resulting in efficiently treating those infected. Expect more sports arenas to be used in similar ways in the coming weeks.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.