Kyle Newman of the Denver Post reports that outfielder Charlie Blackmon and pitchers Phillip Diehl and Ryan Castellani have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The trio were among those working out at Coors Field recently. All other Rockies players who worked out at Coors Field were tested and came up negative.
Coors Field has been closed for the week and will presumably be thoroughly sanitized. It will soon host “spring” training as Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday evening that the league and the MLB Players Association agreed on details for the 2020 season. Camps will open in players’ home ballparks on July 1 with “spring” training beginning a couple of days later. Opening Day of the regular season will likely be on July 23 or 24.
Hopefully, none of the three players’ cases are serious. But it’s a reminder about what’s at stake during this season: the lives and general good health of the players, as well as that of the coaches, umpires, trainers, broadcasters, journalists, pilots, drivers, chefs, and hotel staff, among many others and their families and friends.
According to the New York Times, COVID-19 cases are increasing in 26 of 50 states, including California, Texas, and Florida. Colorado is one of 10 states where case rates are “mostly the same.”
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.