Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Just as Major League Baseball got its full slate of teams back in action amid the coronavirus pandemic, another one has now been hit by a new positive test.
The New York Mets are the latest club to have their schedule interrupted by the virus, first reported by insider Jon Heyman as well as Tim Healey of Newsday. Their game Thursday against the Miami Marlins was rain-checked after one player and one coach tested positive (via Mike Puma, NY Post), and their Friday matchup against the Yankees is also now listed as postponed. They are not believed to have violated protocol in any way leading to these new infections, per Andy Martino of SNY.
The Mets are the fourth team to have a virus case come up during the season. The Marlins got it first and worst, with 18 players being affected, and the St. Louis Cardinals missed two weeks while their own outbreak ran its course in multiple waves. Most recently, the Cincinnati Reds postponed three games after one player tested positive, but they resumed play on Wednesday.
The bad news is that these outbreaks keep happening, even when teams follow the rules, which highlights the risk of operating the sport in 30 locations across the country with no bubble of any kind. The good news is that each episode has gotten less severe, from the Marlins losing half their team, down to the Cards with around 10 players getting it, down to the Reds limiting it to just one player. If the Mets’ situation doesn’t get any worse, then it could offer hope that future issues are manageable.
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MLB may not have punished the Astros, but Mother Nature sure is
Alex Bregman is going on the injured list with his right hamstring strain, Dusty Baker said. He is going back to Houston to get an MRI.— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) August 20, 2020
Oakland still believes
So much love!
When #Athletics rookie LHP Jesus Luzardo came to Matt Chapman to tell him "you're the man" after starting a Wednesday double play, Chapman issued a correction: "He did tell me I'm the man. But he's the man," @mattchap6 said of Luzardo Thursday afternoon.— John Hickey (@JHickey3) August 20, 2020
IF SWINGLES COULD CALL HIS SHOT LIKE THIS THEN WHY DIDN’T HE HIT MORE OF THEM
Dallas Braden just told an amazing story on A's telecast: once when rehabbing, Ryan Sweeney told him to take his glove and sit in the bullpen during the game (on the road) because he was going hit a homer and Dallas would catch it. And then....he did that. And Dallas caught it.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 21, 2020
Do you think this album will go ... platinum? (puts on shades)
Bob Melvin says it’s going to be tough for Burch Smith to come back this year with that forearm strain.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 20, 2020
Even as an unabashed fan of cargo shorts, my response is: NOPE NOPE NOPE
Wishing the best to Aldrete!
Matt Chapman says coach Mike Aldrete was not with the team tonight because his Monterey/Salinas area home is being threatened by a wildfire.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 21, 2020