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Multiple Blue Jays players and staff test positive for COVID-19

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Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that “multiple BlueJays players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19.”

Davidi says that the tests are related to the shutdown of the Jays’ spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida last week. Which may, in turn, be connected to the Phillies’ multiple positive tests as there have been reports that people from the two nearby facilities were socializing.

Regardless of the source, though, the problem is a significant one. As Davidi notes, the Jays are in a somewhat different situation than the U.S.-based teams in that it is not clear whether they will be allowed to use their home park, Rogers Centre, for spring training or the regular season. They had hoped to have Dunedin as a potential fallback option, but given that it’s in a state that is experiencing a COVID-19 spike and given that the facility itself is the locus of multiple positive tests, that plan seems less-than-ideal.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.