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Friday, July 10, 2020

Report: MLB didn’t test players for COVID-19 coming back from D.R.

Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports that Major League Baseball didn’t test players or staff for COVID-19 on two chartered flights from the Dominican Republic. In the time since, multiple players have tested positive for COVID-19. Other players on those flights are isolating.

Twins first baseman Miguel Sanó and several members of the Nationals were among the players on those flights. Sanó as well as an unknown player tested positive during intake testing last week. Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Wander Suero, Fernando Abad, Luis Garcia and Joan Adon are currently isolating in Washington, D.C.

An MLB spokesman said that there were obstacles to overcome, namely that tests are more scarce in the D.R. and governmental restrictions made it difficult to ship saliva samples between countries.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2020 at 09:02 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: July 10, 2020 at 06:30 PM (#5962192)
I am not feeling confident that baseball has gotten their procedures down well enough to proceed with a season of any length.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: July 10, 2020 at 07:15 PM (#5962199)
This doesn't seem a problem to me. For the reasons stated in the article, it was somewhere between challenging and unethical to carry out these tests in the DR. Fly them in (minimizing the onboard risk as much as possible), test and isolate them in the US. Hopefully they screened out anybody with symptoms though if you're a player stuck in the DR, you'd be very tempted not to reveal symptoms if you had them.

Now if they didn't keep them isolated, let them mingle with other players, etc. then that's a failure in health protocol.
   3. Hank Gillette Posted: July 10, 2020 at 10:35 PM (#5962220)
Fly them in (minimizing the onboard risk as much as possible), test and isolate them in the US.


I agree with you if that is what they did. It was not clear to me from the article that they isolated the DR players as soon as they were brought in and did immediate testing.

If they did that, I don’t see that there is even a story.
   4. Hank Gillette Posted: July 10, 2020 at 10:38 PM (#5962221)
For the reasons stated in the article, it was somewhere between challenging and unethical to carry out these tests in the DR.
Would you consider it unethical if someone had taken down the “quick” tests and administered them before boarding? I know those are less accurate, but that would have surely caught at least some of the COVID positive cases.
   5. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: July 11, 2020 at 07:34 AM (#5962273)
Half of them, maybe. That's not enough. I don't trust them.

The quick tests, they do nothing.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: July 12, 2020 at 08:53 PM (#5962472)
#4 ... sounds fine to me.

If they did that, I don’t see that there is even a story.

I agree the story could be clearer but it doesn't sound like there is a story here -- but the headline implication that MLB messed up again probably generated a few clicks (got one from me).

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