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Report: Charlie Blackmon among three Rockies to test positive for COVID-19

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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.”

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.