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Saturday, July 4, 2020

MLB Coronavirus news



Atlanta Braves players hit with Covid-19. Guess what division the Braves Play in.

From NY POST
MLB All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman was among four Atlanta Braves players to test positive for coronavirus, manager Brian Snitker announced Saturday.
Snitker said it could be “a while” until Freeman returns, as the 30-year-old is still battling a fever and “not feeling great.” Freeman is the most prominent MLB player known to have contracted the disease.

Will Smith, Touki Toussaint and Pete Kozma also tested positive for the virus, Snitker said.

Snitker said Toussaint and Smith, both relief players, have been asymptomatic. The status of infielder Kozma is unclear.
Teams are permitted to release the names of individual players who have tested positive for coronavirus only if the player gives them permission.
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There is no spitting in baseball — unless, of course, it’s part of a coronavirus test.
“This is our covid test,” Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh tweeted Saturday with a video of him undergoing the test. “Spitting into a vial like 15 times. No eating/drinking 30 min beforehand. Tested every other day.”

The 33-year-old righty appeared to frown as he recorded himself spitting once into the tube. He had a face mask hanging off his ear.

The video provided a rare glimpse into an MLB player being tested for the virus. The most common form of coronavirus testing is conducted using a nasal swab. It is unclear whether other teams are using the saliva test.
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Finally I touched on this the other day.

The line began forming outside the Hodges gate at Citi Field before 8 a.m. on Friday. Reporters and photographers with access to the ballpark — a number limited to 35 as part of MLB’s COVID-19 protocol — were greeted by a Mets employee who explained the entrance procedures.

First, there would be a standard bag check. But then came the new twists: a quick temperature scan, followed by a waiver that needed to be signed releasing the Mets from responsibility should you become infected by the coronavirus on the premises. Masks were required for entry. The Mets provided extras if needed.

In all, it ran smoothly, with the entire line processed within about 10 minutes of the gates opening. But with elevators limited to a one-person capacity as part of the protocol, reporters and photographers were encouraged to use the stairs.

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