COVID-19 Cancels MLB Games
The COVID-19 pandemic simply won’t go away in the United States, and it continues to affect professional sports in this country.
The National Hockey League has had serious issues throughout the regular season, and Major League Baseball is now dealing with it in a big way.
This time it is the Minnesota Twins that are the team that is being impacted, and it has also hurt the momentum built up by the Los Angeles Angels. These two teams were scheduled for a three-game weekend series in Anaheim, but the final two games have been canceled.
Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday of this week, and he did not make the trip with the team to Anaheim. Minnesota was hoping that no other players would be affected, but that was not the case.
The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Twins by a score of 10-3 on Friday night, but Saturday morning provide a rash of positive tests from the Minnesota side. One of these positives was Kyle Garlick, who appeared in the game Friday, but was found to have contracted the virus on Saturday morning.
Along with Garlick, at least one other player and a member of the coaching staff have tested positive for COVID-19. Major League Baseball didn’t feel comfortable with the rest of this series being played, and the test results over the next two days will be important for both teams.
There have been a number of false positives around the league this season, but sources have indicated that some members of the Twins organization have begun to experience symptoms.
Minnesota is scheduled to be in Oakland on Monday night to begin a series with the Athletics, and the status of that series is up in the air. Major League Baseball will continue to conduct contract tracing, and they hope that there won’t be any other players affected.
Cubs, Nationals Get Players Back
A pair of National League teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals have started to get players back on the field and off of the COVID-19 reserve list. Both teams have been dealing with an outbreak of the virus, but only one of these teams was forced to have games postponed.
The Washington Nationals couldn’t even make it to Opening Day without dealing with virus concerns as their first series against the New York Mets was wiped out. Washington also had the next series pushed back and were forced to play an early-season doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.
Washington was dealing with a number of key members out with the virus, but those players have since returned. Kyle Schwarber, one of the players affected, hit a walkoff home run to push the Nationals past the Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Chicago did not have any games postponed due to COVID-19, but a number of bullpen arms and a few members of the coaching staff have been away from the team. The Cubs are still playing games without some coaches, but bullpen arms have started to be re-activated and have joined the team in Chicago.
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