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Giants resume workouts after getting July 4 COVID-19 tests back

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The San Francisco Giants will resume summer camp workouts on today at Oracle Park after receiving their COVID-19 test results from July 4. They suspended workouts yesterday due to testing delays.

According to MLB’s 2020 operations manual — that 113-page document with the health and safety protocols — players and staff are supposed to be tested every other day, with the goal of “ensuring expedited reporting (approximately 24 hours) at all times.” Which means that, OK, the July 4 testing is back, but what about the July 6 testing that was supposed to be back yesterday? If they’re just now getting July 4 tests, aren’t the July 6 tests a day overdue now too?

It would be useful, right about now, for Major League Baseball to explain how, in light of the rules requiring 24 hour turn around on testing, a team can take the field with its most recent test results being 96 hours old and its most recent test samples being provided being 48 hours old. Especially given that, in all likelihood, more than just the Giants are affected by this.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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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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