Major League Baseball is going to close all of their spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona after multiple people throughout the league tested positive for COVID-19. According to a report from USA Today Sports, all the facilities will undergo a deep clean, and all players and staff members will have to undergo tests before they can return.
On Friday (June 19), the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers announced that they would be shutting down their facilities after staff members and players started showing symptoms of COVID-19.
The Phillies said that five players and three staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The Blue Jays said they made the decision after a player showed symptoms consistent with the virus. The Giants announced that one person who was on-site and their family member exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. The Rangers said that nobody in the organization tested positive, but they were closing their facilities as a precaution.
A player who was working out at the Houston Astros complex in West Palm Beach, Florida, tested positive for the virus several days ago. The team said that they "informed MLB and implemented all health and safety protocols."
Two players in the Los Angeles Angels organization also tested positive, but officials said that neither player worked out at their facilities.
Major League Baseball is locked in contentious negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association over how to start the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. While they appear to be making progress towards a 60-game season and expanded playoffs, they have not made any formal agreement.
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