Multiple MLB teams have delayed their workouts this morning due to delays in COVID-19 testing. The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros canceled their workouts while the Oakland Athletics have delayed theirs until this evening while they await test results, according to Joel Sherman.
The Nationals and Astros are still waiting on results from tests that were conducted on Friday, and Nats GM Mike Rizzo released a statement today that didn't hold back.
"Per MLB's protocol, all players and staff were tested for Covid-19 on Friday, July 3rd. Seventy-two hours later, we have yet to receive the results of those tests. We cannot have our players and staff work at risk," Rizzo said. "Therefore, we have cancelled our team workout scheduled for this morning. We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families. Without accurate and timely testing it is simply not safe for us to continue with Summer Camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, Summer Camp and the 2020 Season are at risk."
Rizzo is completely correct in this statement. If MLB wants this season to work out, they need to make sure that their testing is accurate and timely in order to keep everyone involved safe and healthy. But when you have issues like these delays, or testers failing to show up at all, it doesn't sound too promising.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.