Washington Nationals cancel workout over COVID-19 concerns

Ruben Hill
July 7, 2020

Players and team staff will be regularly tested for COVID-19 and anyone who tests positive will be placed on an injury list.

The delays prompted Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo to call on MLB to tighten its testing and reporting procedures.

Following "MLB Tonight: Schedule Release", MLB Network will air a new "MLB Tonight" with Fran Charles, Jon Heyman and Dan Plesac live at 4 p.m. EDT, covering the latest news of Summer Camp and continuing with analysis of the 2020 60-game MLB schedule. "Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab".

They released their revised schedule for 2020, which calls for them to open the 60-game season at Dodger Stadium on July 23 and finish at home against the San Diego Padres on September 27.

"We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families".

Major League Baseball said in a statement that 86 samples, representing about 2 per cent of the 3,740 samples collected between June 27 and July 3, remained pending as of the start of July 6.

"Our plan required extensive delivery and shipping services, including proactive special accommodations to account for the holiday weekend", the league said. "The vast majority of those deliveries occurred without incident and allowed the protocols to function as planned". Unfortunately, several situations included unforeseen delays.

Astros general manager James Click, whose club fell to Washington in seven games in last year's best-of-seven championship series, said his team also had not gotten Friday results. "Due to the delay in receiving these results, coupled with the contagious nature of the virus, we felt it was prudent to cancel today's workouts".

Fourteen games are scheduled for July 24, and the final day of the regular season will take place on Sept 27, followed by playoffs.

The league issued a statement on Monday which stated that the Independence Day weekend caused logistical delays and that all results from players' initial tests would be completed by the end of the day.

"It is important to be mindful that almost all of the individuals have been tested as planned".

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