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Phillies player who tested positive never failed a temp check

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A big part of the massive set of rules, procedures, and quirks about the 2020 season which were reported last night and into this morning is a bit about how COVID-19 testing will work. A big part of that are temperature checks. Specifically, players will have their temperatures checked at least twice per day. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees can’t enter a ball park. The temperature check is important because that can be done far more often than full-blown COVID tests which will be done every other day.

The problem, of course, is that not everyone who has COVID will have a temperature. Indeed, a large percentage of people who carry the virus are asymptomatic yet can still spread it to others who may fall ill.

In related news, Marc Carig and Matt Gelb of The Athletic report that one of the Phillies players who recently tested positive for COVID-19 never failed a temperature check despite undergoing them frequently at Phillies camp in Clearwater:

After one person reported mild symptoms last week, the Phillies tested 48 players and staff at their Florida complex, and 11 were COVID-19 positive. One of the COVID-19 positive tests, according to two sources, came from a person who never failed the temperature checks.

“As far as I can tell, all the guidelines MLB set were met within the complex,” one Phillies player said on condition of anonymity. “I was there every day until it was shut down, and I tested negative. So it’s hard to say exactly how it spread.”

Do not expect this to be an isolated incident.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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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.