Good morning, Athletics Nation!
The 2020 MLB season has already seen more than its share of player absences, between an increased number of early-season injuries as well as positive coronavirus tests. The latter factor has taken out most of an entire team, with 17 of the 33 players on the Marlins (active roster plus taxi squad) testing positive — not only is the club shut down at least through the weekend with their games postponed, but so is the team they last played, the Phillies.
On Thursday the league lost yet another big name for at least a few days, though this time it’s for a happy reason. Mike Trout, Angels superstar and the best player in the majors, was placed on the paternity list for the upcoming birth of his first child. His wife, Jessica, is due on Monday.
Normally the paternity list lasts three days, but of course in this unusual season it’s not clear how long he might end up missing — though if it’s longer than the three days, he’d technically need be moved to the restricted list instead. Fortunately for his timeline, he won’t need to be quarantined before returning, since he’ll continue to be tested while he’s gone, reports insider Jesse Sanchez.
The topic of Trout’s upcoming baby also came up during the spring shutdown, as he publicly demurred over whether he would opt out of the season — and the heightened exposure risk of being around dozens of players and co-workers each day — to focus on the health and safety of his growing family during the pandemic. Of course, he eventually decided to play.
There’s a good chance none of this will affect the Oakland A’s at all. They next face the Angels on Aug. 10, and by then Trout could be back. But we’ll find out when we get there, and in the meantime we can stop for a moment and enjoy a seemingly rare piece of happy news. Congrats to the Trout family!
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The Philadelphia Phillies have canceled workouts today after a coach and clubhouse attendant tested positive for coronavirus. Activities are shut down “until further notice,” according to the team.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2020
Now two teams out of action, Marlins and Phillies
The #BlueJays vs. Phillies games this weekend have been postponed per Charlie Montoyo— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 30, 2020
And the Marlins outbreak is still getting worse
Another Marlins player has tested positive for COVID-19, but the team anticipated this result from its contact tracing, a source tells The Athletic. Latest positive case brings team totals to 17 players and two coaches, though one of the coaches has since tested negative.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2020
Switching to happier news
Switch pitcher Pat Venditte has agreed to a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins, his agent, Marc Kligman, tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2020
With the Marlins ravaged by a coronavirus outbreak, they need players. Venditte, who was with them during spring training, could join big league club soon.
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