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Elephant Rumblings: Oakland A’s finally begin full workouts after testing delays

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The Oakland A’s got a late start to 2020 Summer Camp due to a delay in their coronavirus testing, but the team was finally able to hold a full-squad workout at the Coliseum Monday evening.

The A’s got their results at 6:41 p.m., reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle, and after that the position players were cleared to take the field — most pitchers and catchers had already been able to begin training on Saturday. General manager David Forst wasn’t at liberty to specify whether any players didn’t clear the screening process, including pitchers Mike Fiers and Jesus Luzardo, whose status had been “pending” over the weekend.

For what it’s worth, photos posted by the team showed stars Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Marcus Semien, and Khris Davis on the field, implying that they all cleared their testing.

Several teams saw similar delays that postponed their ability to begin workouts, including the Angels, Astros, and Nationals, with the latter two canceling Monday sessions entirely. The A’s were frustrated by the early hitch in the process, but general manager David Forst said they’re ready to move on.

MLB responded to the delay issues in a statement, pointing out the size and scope of the intake process and the fact that over 95% of it went great. However, they do recognize the problem and are “actively pursuing an additional medical lab site to increase the speed and efficiency of test processing and reporting,” reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Still, A’s reliever Jake Diekman is unimpressed with the league’s performance in regard to testing so far, sapping his confidence in the whole idea of a 2020 season. Via Slusser:

“We knew there would be hiccups, but we didn’t know there would be hiccups with the actual test results because that’s basically the No. 1 priority. Everything else is secondary. I feel like deep down, every player has it in the back of their mind that this is all going to fall apart.

“I honestly feel like this is just going to get shut down in a week, or everyone is going to opt out.”

The A’s season is set to open on July 24, giving them a little over two weeks to prepare, so every day counts. Oakland is now a step behind many other teams who already got to begin training over the last few days, and they’ll have to overcome that disadvantage.

Fortunately, they have now gotten started. Baseball is back at the Coliseum, for now.

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