The Washington Nationals will play this season at Nationals Park after the city approves changes to its new corona virus rules for the team.
Doubt arises because of the strict independent quarantine regulations of the District of Columbia, and the 2019 World Series champions have actively explored alternative sites in Fredericksburg, Va., And, as a last resort, their spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.
But in a letter to the Nationals on Thursday night, Christopher Rodriguez, director of the Agency for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, approved guidelines that were rearranged for citizens. Rodriguez stated that, in Washington, “close contact of people diagnosed with COVID-19 was directed to quarantine itself for 14 days.” The Nationals are not sure whether they can compete under these restrictions, because contact tracing can force the entire team to quarantine themselves in the middle of the 60-match season that starts July 23.
Since the Nationals began training July 3, up to 11 players and one coach were influenced by this rule. On July 10, the Nationals asked the city for an exception: While their players or coaches observe their 14-day self-quarantine, they will be allowed to leave home only to go to the ballpark. The Nationals proposal, on the other hand, reflects the Major League Baseball process for cleaning up potentially exposed individuals, which includes daily testing.
That will allow players and coaches to work while serving independent quarantine that is not too tight. The city expressed unease with the Nationals’ plans, and with the MLB protocol extension, but indicated it would not deter the team.
The Nationals’ first home game will take place next Thursday against the New York Yankees, the start of a baseball attempt to return amid a pandemic.
Questions about Toronto
A high-ranking Canadian government health official praised the Blue Jays for their willingness to live in a quarantine environment when they hosted matches in Toronto, but said problems remained with plans proposed by the Major League Baseball to play in Canada amid a coronavirus pandemic.
Howard Njoo, Canada’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, said the federal government was still very concerned about proposals submitted by MLB and Blue Jays. The team has been given permission by Ontario and Toronto to play regular season matches at the Rogers Center and await approval from the Canadian federal government.
MLB needs an exception to the requirement that anyone who enters Canada for non-essential reasons must isolate himself for 14 days. The US-Canada border also remained closed for non-essential travel until at least August 21.
The Blue Jays are scheduled to start July 24 in Tampa Bay and play their opening match five days later against Washington.
Njoo said the federal government preferred the National Hockey League model from two bubble cities in Canada.
The Canadian government allows the Blue Jays to move their summer camp to Toronto from their training complex in Dunedin, Florida. Players are not permitted to leave the Rogers Center or hotel, or face fines of up to $ 750,000 Canada ($ 551,000 US) and / or up to six months in prison.
More positive test
Five other baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, bringing the total to 80 since testing began in late June. Major League Baseball and the players association said six of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ended Thursday, a level of 0.05%. Besides the players, one staff member was stated positive.
The side did not announce their names which were stated positive, but several players have allowed the team to identify themselves. Outsider Tampa Bay All-Star Austin Meadows placed on the injured list Thursday night after testing positive for the corona virus, while the Pittsburgh outfielder Gregory Polanco gave permission to the Pirates to release his name. Free agent outsiders Yaisel Puig also tested positive.
Sunday includes a span of five days without a new positive test, MLB and the union said Friday.
Puig recently approached a one-year agreement with the Atlanta Braves that depends on it through physical examination. The 29-year-old man posted a statement on social media on Friday saying that he was infected with the virus. Puig said he showed no symptoms and felt “fine.”
Polanco left indefinitely, according to the Pirates first year manager Derek Shelton. Maybe closer Keone Kela was also placed on the injured list for reasons that were not disclosed.
Pollock returns with the Dodgers
AJ Pollock considered not playing this season after surviving the fight with COVID-19 and the premature birth of his daughter. The center fielder of the Los Angeles Dodgers arrived late at the summer camp for the sake of girls Maddie arrived three months early weighing 22 ounces. Pollock said on Friday that he thought he had contracted the corona virus while in hospital with his daughter. He had two days of symptoms a month ago that included headaches, body aches, congestion and loss of smell … Two All-Stars from last season – New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, and the first Atlanta Braves baseman Freddie Freeman – returned to the field after time lost due to COVID-19. Freeman and jug Touki Toussaint – who previously tested positive for the virus – worked in Truist Park on Friday.
The angel immediately came out
Los Angeles Angels righthander Justin Anderson will undergo Tommy John’s surgery. Angel general manager Billy Eppler announced the decision about Anderson, who was expected to have a place in their bullpen. Anderson recently had an MRI that revealed torn ligaments in his right elbow … The Chicago Cubs added veteran infielder Jason Kipnis for their 40 people list. He will get a salary of $ 370,370, which was prioritized from the initial deal of $ 1 million … Former outfielder and Army captain Jacob Hurtubise has signed a contract with Cincinnati Reds. Zionsville, Ind., Asli became the first baseball player to receive a professional offer since the US Department of Defense approved a policy last November to allow service academy athletes to pursue professional sports after graduation. Once approved, Hurtubise will be allowed to postpone commissioning and further service obligations … Minnesota Twins will continue to use Minneapolis police officers who are not on duty for security during the 2020 season. After the May 25 death George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after Minneapolis officers Derek Chauvin pressing his knees against Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes, the Twins said they began reviewing their relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department.
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