The cause for concern with the coronavirus in MLB is certainly a valid one. Dodgers fans and players have every right to worry that the virus could end up shutting down the entire season.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman only elevated those concerns in a call with media on Thursday afternoon. When asked about COVID-19, Friedman said that there have been people in the Dodgers’ organization to test positive over the last few weeks.
As of now, they will not share who.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) June 25, 2020
He added that there are “no symptoms that have been problematic,” and continued.
Obviously this is a delicate subject and something that has been front of mind for all of us for the last four months. As far as guys being delayed for spring training. I’m not sure. It’s definitely possible.
Friedman did not feel it was his responsibility or even his right to inform the media on which players or personnel had tested positive at this time. He did, however, make it clear that testing for the Dodgers’ staff and players would be done very efficiently with the start of the season.
The Dodgers first full workout will be on July 3rd. The club will stagger player/org member COVID testing before then.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 25, 2020
The league has not released the guidelines on player testing as of yet, but those are sure to come out in the coming days. Players are set to report to their teams by July 1st, with the Dodgers’ first formal workout set for July 3rd, per Dave Roberts and Andrew Friedman.