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Elephant Rumblings: Astros shut down alternate camp; Mets report no new coronavirus cases

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Good morning, Athletics Nation!

It’s been a few days since the last installment of Elephant Rumblings, so here’s your latest coronavirus pandemic update as it pertains to baseball.

The latest team to report a coronavirus case is the Houston Astros, but it wasn’t among their MLB roster. Rather, someone at their alternate training camp in Corpus Christi tested positive, leading the team to temporarily shut down the camp, reports insider Brian McTaggart.

More details from Astros general manager James Click, via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle: “No one currently on the road with the major league team turned up as a part of the contact tracing protocols. Based on the protocols, the big league team is currently unaffected.”

At the moment this won’t interrupt Houston’s big league schedule, as it did for the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets before them. All of those clubs had at least one MLB player test positive, and were forced to postpone multiple games for quarantine purposes, ranging from just a couple games up to a couple weeks.

On the bright side, the Mets’ ongoing episode is so far not spreading into an outbreak. No new cases have emerged among the team in multiple rounds of testing. The Mets have postponed their last four games starting, and you can see the full press release here about the encouraging round of Thursday!

Teams continue to take the virus seriously, in terms of taking steps to avoid its spread. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent home pitching prospect Edwin Uceta for violating safety protocol, reports Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac still haven’t rejoined the team after their own guideline violations.

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