All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has grow to be the primary Main League Baseball participant recognized to have examined positive for the coronavirus.
An individual conversant in Blackmon’s state of affairs confirmed the check end result to The Related Press on situation of anonymity Wednesday as a result of there was no official announcement.
The Denver Publish first reported Blackmon’s situation, saying Tuesday that three Rockies gamers had examined positive for COVID-19.
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Blackmon is a four-time All-Star slugger who hit .314 with 32 house runs and 86 RBIs final season. He turns 34 on July 1, the day gamers are set to start reporting for the resumption of spring coaching.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred imposed a 60-game season Tuesday evening after failed monetary negotiations between house owners and gamers. The season that’s been delayed by the pandemic will start both July 23 or 24.
Quite a few groups have stated they’ve gamers who’ve examined positive for the virus with out figuring out any of them. The Philadelphia Phillies have introduced seven, whereas the Detroit Tigers stated one participant who was dwelling in Florida however not figuring out on the group’s spring coaching services in Lakeland additionally examined positive.
Seattle Mariners common supervisor Jerry Dipoto stated just a few gamers have examined positive however declined to specify the quantity or whether or not they’re a part of Seattle’s 40-man roster. And a number of other Toronto Blue Jays gamers and workers members have examined positive, based on an individual who confirmed the check outcomes to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of there was no official announcement however didn’t specify a quantity. The Blue Jays closed their coaching facility final week in Dunedin, Florida, after a participant confirmed signs per the virus.
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The Publish reported Blackmon examined positive final week after exercises at Coors Subject in Denver. The newspaper stated the Rockies then closed the ballpark, following MLB protocol.
Many gamers across the majors have been working in latest weeks at both their house ballparks or their group’s complexes in Florida or Arizona. MLB closed all spring campsites final Friday due to virus issues.
Blackmon has been an All-Star the final three seasons. He’s a profession .304 hitter in 9 years.