The Houston Chronicle reported this afternoon that Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was not at workouts today due to a delay in the processing of COVID-19 test results.
It’s unclear if the delay is specific to Bregman or if there are delays with others on the Astros. The entire club had to cancel Monday’s workouts due to the weekend delays that affected several teams. Bregman is said to be fine and healthy, though, and that him being out was not related to his own health.
More sanfus and delays. Which, while annoying now, will present competitive disadvantages to teams once the season begins if they are forced to sit players whose test results have not come back.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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