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Salvador Perez tests positive for COVID-19, but he's excited to return to the field (0:44)
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Sano, LeMahieu, Perez among positive cases

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu and Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez are among a host of MLB players who have tested positive for the coronavirus, it was revealed Saturday.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

ESPN has learned that more than half of all intake testing is almost complete as MLB prepares for preseason workouts to officially resume tomorrow. General information about the results will be released in the next 24-48 hours, but will not have identifying factors in order to protect players' privacy. As previously reported, COVID-19 related information won't be disclosed without players' permission.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Manager Luis Rojas confirms Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will be working remotely. Rojas also said all Mets players have reported to "summer camp" and are currently undergoing the intake and COVID-19 testing process.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

In a statement to ESPN, MLB said it wouldn't disclose COVID-19 related information without an individual's permission. MLB does plan to publish general testing information, for example, number of tests and positive results, but with no player names or identifying characteristics.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB statement to ESPN regarding teams not naming players that test positive for coronavirus: "Because COVID-19 is not considered an employment-related injury, we will respect the privacy of the players who test positive or who are under evaluation, and we will defer to their wishes regarding public updates about their status. Without their voluntary permission, we will not disclose any COVID-19 related information."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

When players report to the second "spring training," they will be required to undergo “intake screenings,” which will include a COVID-19 saliva test and a COVID-19 antibodies blood test. All players will be tested for COVID-19 at least every other day during the season, or more frequently if deemed necessary.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Important MLB deadlines this week: All player transactions that were suspended during the “Transaction Freeze” that was a part of the March agreement will resume tomorrow, Friday, June 26th, at 12pm ET. By 4pm ET on Sunday, June 28th, each club must submit to MLB a list of up to 60 players who will be eligible to play during the 2020 season.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Players have agreed to report by July 1st but MLB understands that some of them may not be able to meet that timeline because of immigration or other travel reasons.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB's 60-game schedule will largely feature divisional play (~40 games); rest of games will be against the opposite league's corresponding geographical division (AL East v NL East; AL Central v NL Central; AL West v NL West). Commissioner Manfred: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon.”

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season approximately one month from today, on July 23rd or July 24th.

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Royals sign 6-man draft class, add undrafted FA's

The Kansas City Royals have signed all six of their draft picks, including first-rounder Asa Lacy, along with seven undrafted free agents that together give the rebuilding franchise one of the best incoming crops of first-year players in the majors.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB has told the MLBPA that they are going to schedule “as many games as possible," with a target of 60 games for the abbreviated 2020 regular season.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Full statement from Major League Baseball

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB asked the MLBPA to state whether players will be able to report to camp within seven days (by July 1st) and whether the Players Association will agree on the Operating Manual, which contains the health and safety protocols, by 5:00 p.m. (ET) tomorrow.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The March 26th agreement between MLB and the MLBPA explicitly states that any proposal to resume the season would have to allow playing the fullest regular season and postseason that is economically feasible.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLBPA Statement:

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Players voted against MLB's latest 60-game proposal. Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers report the vote was 33 to 5. This opens the door for Commissioner Rob Manfred to implement a season, according to the parameters of the March 26th agreement. Manfred could also cancel the season altogether.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.9119th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st
WHIP1.3919th
BAA.26020th
Runs9219th
Batting Average.23721st
On Base Percentage.30324th
Slugging Percentage.42412th