COVID-19 outbreak hits Phillies camp in Clearwater

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that five Phillies players who had been training at the team’s facility in Clearwater, Florida have tested positive for COVID-19. Three staff members have been hit as well. And it might get worse, as a number of players and staff are still waiting for test results. Indeed, the Phillies say that they are still awaiting the results of 32 tests.

The club is not commenting on the specifics or the identities of the people infected, citing medical privacy laws. Salisbury does report, however, that none of the cases, at present, appear to be causing serious medical issues for those infected.

The outbreak comes as numbers of cases are spiking in Florida. Arizona is likewise experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

This is not going to get better any time soon, folks. This story will likely repeat itself with other clubs.

UPDATE: It already is:

And not just in baseball:

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.