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MLB COVID Tracker

Last Updated: Saturday, August 15, 2020

Major League Baseball has had 30-plus players and staff test positive for coronavirus since early rounds of testing began. Here’s where I come in with a MLB COVID tracker. I’ll list every MLB player who has tested positive for the coronavirus thus far. This post will be updated daily.

Important Note: As it currently stands, teams cannot in any way acknowledge that a player is sidelined due to any COVID-19 issues — a positive test, delayed results which require isolation, symptoms, exposure to someone who has it — without their permission due to privacy concerns and HIPAA laws, per union orders. This means that any player that is mentioned in this list has either gone public or given permission to their ball club to disclose this personal information.

NL East 

Braves 

  • 1B, Freddie Freeman (Cleared to return)
  • IF, Pete Kozma
  • RHP, Touki Toussaint (Cleared to return)
  • LHP, Will Smith

Marlins 

  • Four Players have tested positive, none of whom have yet to be identified.
  • RHP, Jose Urena (Placed on IL)

  • INF, Garrett Cooper (Placed on IL)
  • OF, Harold Ramirez (Placed on IL)
  • INF, Miguel Rojas
  • C, Jorge Alfaro
  • RHP, Sandy Alcántara

OUTBREAK HAPPENING IN MIAMI

Mets 

  • One Mets unidentified player has thus far tested positive.

Nationals 

  • Two players have tested positive, neither have been identified.

  • OF, Juan Soto (Cleared to return)

Phillies 

  • INF, Scott Kingery (Has returned to summer camp)
  • LHP, Ranger Suarez (Placed on COVID IL)
  • RHP,  Tommy Hunter (Has Rejoined team after being cleared)
  • RHP, Hector Neris (Has returned with team)
  • OF, Mikie Mahtook (Has returned with team)

AL East

Blue Jays 

  • No confirmed player cases (to our knowledge, at least)

UPDATE

Orioles

  • According to The Baltimore Sun, a few Oriole players are still in the intake process for COVID-19 testing, which is required to get onto the field for summer camp workouts at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. However, this does not necessarily confirm that the club has any positive cases.
  • OF, Anthony Santander (Cleared to return)

Rays 

  • The Rays have not seen full attendance during their full workouts due to “A variety of reasons,” according to manager Kevin Cash.
  • OF, Austin Meadows

  • RHP, Tyler Glasnow (Cleared to return)

Red Sox 

  • LHP,  Josh Taylor
  • LHP, Darwinzon Hernandez
  • LHP, Eduardo Rodriguez (Has returned to team)

UPDATE on Rodriguez

  • INF, Bobby Dalbec

Yankees 

  • INF, DJ LeMahieu (Cleared to return)

  • RHP, Luis Cessa (Cleared to return)
  • LHP, Aroldis Chapman

NL Central

Brewers 

  • Manager Craig Counsell said the Brewers had no positive tests during intake testing but had positives in previous weeks.
  • LHP, Angel Perdomo (Placed on IL)
  • INF, Luis Urías (Placed on IL)
  • LHP, Eric Lauer

Cardinals (OUTBREAK IN St. LOUIS) 

  • LHP, Genesis Cabrera
  • LHP, Ricardo Sanchez
  • INF, Elehuris Montero
  • C, Yadier Molina
  • INF, Paul DeJong
  • RHP, Junior Fernandez
  • INF, Rangel Ravelo
  • INF, Edmundo Sosa
  • RHP, Kodi Whitley
  • OF, Lane Thomas

Cubs 

  • No confirmed player cases (Cubs are said to be the only major leauge club remaining to not see a positive, player case.)

Pirates 

  • In a recent statement, first-year Pirates skipper, Derek Shelton claimed: “Organizationally, we have had some positive results.”
  • OF, Socrates Brito
  • RHP, Blake Cederlind
  • OF, Gregory Polanco (Activated to return)

Reds 

  • 2 players have thus far tested positive but have not been identified.
  • INF, Derek Dietrich
  • INF, Matt Davidson

AL Central

Indians 

  • INF/OF, Delino DeShields (Has returned to team)

Royals 

  • C, Salvador Perez (Has returned to team)
  • RHP, Brad Keller (Has returned to team)
  • 1B, Ryan O’Hearn
  • C, Cam Gallagher
  • C, Nick Dini
  • LHP Daniel Tillo

Tigers 

  • One player has tested positive thus far, though not identified to the public.
  • LHP, Daniel Norris (Placed on IL)

Twins 

  • C, Willians Astudillo
  • INF, Nick Gordon
  • RHP, Edwar Colina
  • 1B, Miguel Sano (Has returned to camp)
  • SS, Nick Gordon

White Sox 

  • Two White Sox players have tested positive this week (7/4) but both players identities have been undisclosed from the public.

NL West

Diamondbacks 

  • According to reports, one player on the Diamondbacks 60 man roster has tested positive for the coronavirus but has not been identified to the public.
  • RHP, Junior Guerra
  • RHP, Silvino Bracho
  • OF, Kole Calhoun (Has been cleared to return to play)
  • OF, Seth Beer

Dodgers 

  • Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman recently confirmed that the club had seen some members test positive for the coronavirus.

  • OF, A.J. Pollock

Giants 

  • OF, Hunter Bishop
  • RHP, Luis Madero

Padres 

  • OF, Tommy Pham (Has been cleared to return to play)
  • SS, Jorge Mateo

Rockies 

  • OF, Charlie Blackmon (Returned to camp Monday, July 13th)
  • LHP,  Phillip Diehl
  • C, Ryan Castellani (Has returned to team)

AL West

Angels 

  • Two confirmed player cases, neither name identified.

Astros 

  • For reasons the club cannot disclose due to “league mandates,” reigning American League Rookie of the Year Yordan Alvarez is not in Houston, Astros manager Dusty Baker revealed on Friday. (Per the Houston Chronicle)

Athletics 

  • Club is still waiting on initial results. The team has decided to push back team workouts until tests arrive
  • LHP, Jesús Luzardo (Will Report to camp Friday, July 17th)

Mariners 

  • According to Mariners general manager, Jerry Dipoto, Seattle has had “more than one” player test positive for COVID-19.

Rangers 

  • LHP, Brett Martin
  • OF, Joey Gallo (Cleared to return)

Free Agents 

  • OF, Yasiel Puig (Will decide not to sign with the Braves and remain a free agent)

Miscellaneous

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Peter Snyder is an Intern sportswriter who covers collegiate athletics as well as professional sports.
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