Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu and Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez are among a number of MLB players who have tested positive for the corona virus, it was revealed Saturday.
Four Atlanta Braves players – All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith, right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma – also got the team to reveal their positive tests Saturday with their state.
Along with Sano, twin catcher Willians Astudillo, shortstop Nick Gordon and right-handed reliever Edwar Colina tested positive, according to the team.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced positive tests for LeMahieu and reliever Luis Cessa. He said both players are at home and allowed the team to release their status. Boone said LeMahieu was asymptomatic and Cessa had mild symptoms.
Boston Red Sox left-handers Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez tested positive and isolated from their teammates, manager Ron Roenicke said.
St. Louis Cardinal’s president of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced that left-handers Ricardo Sanchez and Genesis Cabrera had tested positive, with some test results still pending.
The Miami Marlins said four players have tested positive, including one during this week’s screening that preceded the start of summer camp. The team did not reveal their identities.
Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff had tested positive for COVID-19, a 1.2% percentage.
MLB will not identify which players test positive for coronavirus, citing privacy laws. Also, teams will not specifically announce a COVID-19 damaged list placement for a player who is removed from the club after testing positive; it’s just a trip to IL.
The Philadelphia Phillies don’t confirm if players have tested positive, but manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that Ace Aaron Nola, outfielder Adam Haseley and catcher Christian Bethancourt had not yet reported to camp. Earlier this week, the Phillies placed Scott Kingery, Tommy Hunter, Hector Neris and Ranger Suarez on the injured list without explaining why.
Players announced Friday as test positive were Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShields and San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Freeman had a fever but added that it is too early to know if the four-time All-Star status for the season could be compromised. Snitker said concerns will remain even after the four Braves players return to training session.
“Guys have gotten it more than once,” Snitker said. “We have to be careful all year and it will be the new normal for the next three months.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.