The developments happened less than a week after the Blue Jays closed their complex spring training in Dunedin, Florida, after a player has presented symptoms consistent with the virus. Last Friday, the team said that the staff of the institution had been subjected to tests according to the protocols established by their medical team and Major League Baseball.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet was the first to communicate the positive results of the test COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon.
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The MLB announced on Tuesday evening that the regular season – shortened to 60 games against the 162 usual because of the pandemic – would be played in parks, at balls empty from the 23 or 24 July, the teams present themselves to the camps by 1 July.
Most of the teams intend to train in their baseball stadium, but the plans of the Blue Jays remain unclear.
Bo Bichette representing the Blue Jays in the tournament, MLB The Show Players
Details on the exact number of positive cases COVID-19 and the provisions taken by the team will probably be announced at a press conference scheduled for Friday.
Anyone who comes to Canada for non-critical reasons must be quarantined for 14 days, and the canada-u.s. border remains closed to travel non-essential until the 21 of July at least.
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It is also difficult to know where the Blue Jays play home games this season. A message left with the team was not immediately returned.
Earlier Wednesday, the right fielder-star Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies became the first MLB player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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A source confirmed the outcome of the test to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there has been no official announcement. The Denver Post reported that he was one of three players from the Rockies to have tested positive for COVID-19.
The NBA and NHL, both of which stipulate to resume the game the next month, have also had players test positive these last few days.
While some positive cases were expected in the professional sports now that the testing of athletes has intensified and that more sports are coming back, the anxiety has recently increased due to an increase in cases in some parts of the United States.
The training centre of the Blue Jays is located in Florida, one of many southern States which have experienced huge spikes COVID-19.
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The Toronto Raptors, the only team the NBA of Canada, have resumed training in Fort Myers, Florida, before the restart of the league next month in Orlando.
The NHL, meanwhile, provides an approach to city centre that does not involve back-and-forth between the United States and Canada. Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton are among the contenders to be selected the host cities by the league.
The Blue Jays finished the season 2019 with a record of 67-95. Toronto had a record of 12-6 in pre-season this year before the stop of the spring training session in mid-march.
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