MLB Reveals Results of COVID-19 Intake Testing

Lou DiPietro
July 10, 2020 - 12:58 pm
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Major League Baseball has announced full results of the league’s intake screening ahead of Summer Camp openings, revealing these statistics about the effects of coronavirus:

-66 out of 3,748 total samples (1.8 percent) were positive for COVID-19

-58 of those 66 were players, with the remaining eight classified as staff

-27 of the 30 teams had someone test positive during intake screening

In addition, 17 more individuals have tested positive since intake screening, in the time that teams have been screening players at periodic intervals on their own.

Teams will have a COVID-related IL, which players can be placed on if they test positive, exhibit symptoms, or even have come in contact with someone presumed or confirmed positive, but as COVID-19 is not considered a work-related injury, HIPAA laws supercede the MLB CBA and teams cannot reveal the identities of those players unless said player consents.

The Yankees did reveal that DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa were away from the team because of positive tests, but as GM Brian Cashman noted in a conference call last week, media will be left to “figure it out” when someone is unavailable for an undisclosed reason.

That provision is going to lead to a lot of speculation, including some on Thursday when the San Francisco Giants placed Billy Hamilton and Jarlin Garcia on the 10-day DL for what GM Gabe Kapler termed “medical reasons.”

In another example, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen revealed in a Zoom call on Friday that Robinson Cano has not been in camp for the last couple days, but wouldn’t further elaborate.

"There's a variety of reasons why players are here or not here on a given day, and we're going to protect those players' rights," Van Wagenen said. “We're going to focus on the people who are here.”