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A ‘few’ Mariners tested positive for COVID-19

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The Phillies, Blue Jays, and Rockies have been among the teams who have had players and staff test positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently. You can add the Mariners to the list.

Shannon Drayer of 710 AM KIRO in Seattle reports that Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto said a “few” members of the team tested positive for COVID-19. DiPoto originally said “more than one” player tested positive. Some were asymptomatic.

These stories will become more and more common as players start to congregate with each other. The hope is that the players, coaches, staff, and other personnel adhere to hygiene guidelines to minimize the spread as much as possible.

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.