MLB shuts down all spring training facilities for cleaning and disinfecting

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Major League Baseball has decided to immediately shut down all spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida for disinfecting and cleaning. Once they reopen, no one will be admitted to the facilities unless they test negative for COVID-19.

The move comes the day after at least eight people at the Phillies camp in Clearwater, Florida tested positive for COVID-19 and after the Blue Jays closed down their spring training facility in nearby Dunedin, Florida after a player began exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning likewise closed down their arena following positive COVID tests. At least twenty-three players on Clemson University’s football team have tested positive as well.

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.