The closures come while MLB owners and the players try to negotiate a deal to begin the season, and raise the possibility that the virus outbreak could reduce to nothing all the attempts to start this year.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the spring complex in Florida and Arizona will have to close temporarily due to recent events. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not an official statement.
The facilities will be subject to an in-depth cleaning and disinfection. It is forbidden to return to the interior without a negative test for the virus.
Shortly after the Phillies became the first team to be affected by the outbreak, Toronto aspects of its site of Dunedin, Florida, about five miles from the Philadelphia camp in Clearwater. The toronto Blue Jays said a player showed symptoms consistent with the virus.
The San Francisco Giants ” of Scottsdale, Arizona, was arrested after a person who has been on the site and a member of the family exhibits the symptoms on Thursday. Texas has closed its camp about 30 miles away in the Surprise, saying that nobody had tested positive, but he wanted to extend the testing protocols.
Also, the Houston Astros, said a player working on their spring camp in West Palm Beach, Florida, have been tested positive a few days ago and has been taken up. The Astros have said that they ” implemented all health and safety protocols “, but I wasn’t told that the camp was closed.
Stuck in a bitter struggle over money, the owners and the union had hoped to have players to begin testing on the Tuesday and the beginning of a second round of spring training by next weekend. Most teams had planned to conduct these training sessions at their home stadiums, rather than on their camps and spring in Florida and Arizona.
Earlier this week, the Assistant Commissioner Dan Halem wrote in a letter to players union chief negotiator Bruce Meyer that: “the proliferation of COVID-19 homes across the country during the last week, and the fact that we already know of several 40-man list of players and staff who have been tested positive, has increased the risks associated with start spring training in the coming weeks. ”
Regarding the impact of the epidemic on the season, the Phillies said ” it is too early to tell. ”
The Phillies said that three members of staff at the camp also tested positive. The team did not identify any of those who are affected.
Florida has experienced rising incidents of new cases and rate of positive tests for COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of new cases in Florida has increased to 1 422.7, or 144.4%.
Arizona has also been a recent increase in cases, hitting a record for each day of new business.
The Phillies, said the first confirmed case occurred on Tuesday. The club said that eight staff members have tested negative for the virus, while the 12 members of staff and 20 players, both major leaguers and minor leaguers who lived in the Clearwater area are being tested.
The Phillies have closed their facilities in March, when the sars coronavirus pandemic to stop the sport. The players coming back from injuries have been allowed to continue their rehab after the installation has been thoroughly cleaned. A few of the team sports coaches, and staff stayed to supervise and safety precautions have been taken.
Several players have started to work at the facility in recent weeks, but the size of the groups has been limited.
In a statement, managing partner of John Middleton said, ” The Phillies are committed to promoting the health and well-being of our players, coaches, and staff our highest priority. ”
“Because of these confirmed tests, all the facilities in Clearwater have been closed indefinitely to all the players, coaches and staff, and will remain closed until the medical authorities are convinced that the virus is under control and that our facilities are disinfected,” he said.
The World Series champion Washington nationals, who did not re-open the camp in the spring that they share with Houston after the closure of their party in mid-March, have said that they had a little league player to test positive in the Dominican Republic. The team said the player was not in their establishment.