Nationals, Astros, Cardinals cancel workouts over virus testing delay

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Some officials blame delay on long weekend

This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy.Baseball’s two World Series teams cancelled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season.

“Despite these delays over the holiday weekend, we’re optimistic that this process will be ironed out and we’ll be back on the field and ready to compete for a championship soon,” Click said.MLB said in a statement that 95 per cent of its intake testing had been completed and the Utah laboratory it’s using had reported 98 per cent of results, a majority of those a day after samples were collected.

“We are here, everybody who went through the intake process has had their results sent to us and I’m looking down at the field at a bunch of position players. We made it to this point,” said A’s general manager David Forst, who was frustrated by the process. Diamondbacks outfielder Kole Calhoun also tested positive but is asymptomatic and feels good, manager Torey Lovullo said.Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis became the latest high-profile player to choose not to play this season. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price, Colorado Rockies infielder Ian Desmond, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Braves pitcher Félix Hernández are among those who have opted out.

Doolittle, who is still on the fence about playing this season, said he still hadn’t gotten his Friday results back before being tested again Sunday.

 

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