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Tracking MLB COVID-19 cases for the 2020 season

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Major League Baseball is currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak with the Miami Marlins — and, possibly, the Philadelphia Phillies — that is quickly spiraling out of control. Multiple games have been postponed and more seem inevitable. In light of this, let’s start tracking MLB COVID-19 cases for the 2020 season.

Tracking MLB COVID-19 cases is not necessarily straightforward. Because of healthcare privacy laws players who test positive for COVID-19 cannot be identified without their consent. In some cases players have offered such consent and the team has announced that they have, in fact, tested positive for COVID-19.

In the vast majority of cases, however, players have been placed on the Injured list for “undisclosed reasons” or for an “illness” which is likely, but not necessarily, COVID-19-related. The number of players who have tested positive on a given team, such as the Marlins, has likewise been reported in some cases, even if identities are not known.

With those caveats aside, here is where we stand at present as far as tracking MLB COVID-19 cases and players who are on the injured list for “undisclosed reasons” or “illness.”

 

Miami Marlins

  • Seventeen players and at least two members of the Marlins coaching staff have tested positive and are on the COVID-19 injured list. Those known: Jorge Alfaro, Garrett Cooper, Harold Ramírez, and José Ureña. No Marlins player has yet been reinstated and the team remains in quarantine in Philadelphia.

 

Washington Nationals

 

Atlanta Braves

  • Will Smith is on the injured list for an illness

 

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Ranger Suárez is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

New York Mets

  • Jared Hughes and Brad Bach are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Cincinnati Reds

  • Matt Davidson was placed on the COVID-19 injured list due to a positive test.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Luis Urías and Angel Perdomo are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Zac Reks is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

San Diego Padres

  • Jorge Mateo and Breyvic Valera are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

San Francisco Giants

  • Jarlin García is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

New York Yankees

 

Baltimore Orioles

  • Chris Davis is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Randy Arozarena is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons;
  • Austin Meadows is on the injured list after a positive COVID-19 test

 

Chicago White Sox

  • Jose Ruiz and Nomar Mazara are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Cleveland Indians

 

Detroit Tigers

 

Kansas City Royals

 

Houston Astros

  • Yordan Álvarez, Cionel Pérez, and José Urquidy are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Los Angeles Angels

  • Parker Markel, José Suárez Julio Teherán, and José Quijada are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Seattle Mariners

 

Texas Rangers

  • Jonathan Davis, Elvis Luciano, and Héctor Pérez are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

Dodgers clinch NL’s top seed, West title with win over A’s

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Wrapping up an NL West title has become routine for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in a year in which no one was sure three months ago if there would be a baseball season, manager Dave Roberts wanted his team to still savor the moment.

The Dodgers clinched the NL’s top postseason seed and eighth straight division title Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. They are third team to win at least eight straight division titles, joining the Atlanta Braves (14 straight from 1991-2005) and New York Yankees (nine straight from 1998-2006).

“To fast forward a couple months and be crowned NL West champs is a credit to everyone. It should never be taken for granted,” Roberts said. “Truth be told a lot of guys didn’t know we could clinch. We were responsible but I let it know that it has to be appreciated.”

The Dodgers, who own the best record in the majors at 39-16, were the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff berth on Sept. 16. They will open postseason play on Sept. 30 by hosting every game in a best-of-three series against the No. 8 seed.

Los Angeles came into the day with a magic number of two and got help with the Angels’ 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Instead of a wild celebration on the mound after Jake McGee struck out Sean Murphy for the final out, players briskly walked out of the dugout to celebrate with teammates. Everyone grabbed a division clinching shirt and cap before heading to the mound for a group photo.

The clubhouse celebration was also muted. Champagne was still involved, but it was players toasting each other with a glass instead of being showered in it.

“We talked about it instead of dumping stuff on people. It’s a moment you need to celebrate and we did,” said Corey Seager, who had three hits and one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, “It stinks not being able to do champagne and beer showers because some of the younger guys haven’t been able to experience that.”

Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock also went deep for Los Angeles, which leads the majors with 104 home runs.

“This whole year has been weird. There’s no other way to describe it,” Muncy said. “It’s sad not to be celebrate as usual but we know there is a lot more at stake.”

Dustin May (2-1) went five innings and allowed two runs on three hits. The 22-year-old red-headed righty set a team record by not allowing more than three earned runs in his first 13 career starts, which include 10 this season.

Robbie Grossman homered for Oakland, which clinched its first AL West crown in seven years on Monday during a day off. The Athletics, in the postseason for the third straight year, currently are the AL’s No. 3 seed.

Mark Canha had two of Oakland’s five hits.

Seager tied it at 1 in the first with an RBI single and then led off the fifth with a drive to center off T.J. McFarland to extend LA’s lead to 6-2.

Muncy gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the third inning with a two-run homer. Taylor and Pollock extended it with solo shots in the fourth off Oakland starter Frankie Montas (3-5).

Grossman quickly gave Oakland a 1-0 lead when he homered off the left-field pole in the first inning. Sean Murphy briefly gave the Athletics a 2-1 advantage when he led off the third with a walk and scored on a wild pitch by May with two outs.

Montas, who allowed only four home runs in his first seven starts, has given up six in his past three. The right-hander went four innings and yielded five runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

“They’re a pretty good team that when you make mistakes, they make you pay,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “They’re pretty good laying off and making you throw it over the plate. They made Montas pay, unfortunately.”

Cody Bellinger added two hits for the Dodgers, including an RBI single with the bases loaded in the seventh.

ATHLETICS ADVANCE

The A’s have a team text thread they used to celebrate clinching their first AL West title since 2013 during their off day Monday, when the Mariners beat Houston.

“We didn’t really celebrate too much yet. It’s exciting,” Chad Pinder said. “We wanted to do it on our own terms. We still won the division and that was our goal. It’s nice to know we’ll be playing home for the series.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: INF/OF Pinder (strained right hamstring) planned to run at Dodger Stadium and test his leg with hopes of still playing before the conclusion of the regular season. …. RHP Daniel Mengden has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. He was designated for assignment after being medically cleared and reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list following a positive test from Aug. 28.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner was scratched from the lineup less than an hour before first pitch due to left hamstring discomfort He came off the injured list on Sept. 15 and has not played in the field since Aug. 28. … Joc Pederson was in the lineup at DH after missing five games while on the family emergency medical list. Roberts said before the game that he wasn’t sure if Pederson will remain with the team during the entire postseason.

UP NEXT

Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (4-3, 4.50) is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA over his last five starts dating to Aug. 20.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (3-0, 3.49) will make his team-leading 11th start.

AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this story.

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