The Philadelphia Phillies say 5 gamers have examined constructive for COVID-19 this week on the staff’s spring coaching complicated in Clearwater, Florida.
The staff additionally mentioned Friday that three workers members on the camp have examined constructive. The membership did not determine any of these affected.
Philadelphia has indefinitely closed the Clearwater camp to gamers, coaches and workers whereas medical authorities assess the state of affairs.
The announcement got here whereas Main League Baseball house owners and gamers attempt to negotiate a deal to start the season amid the coronavirus pandemic, together with well being protocols. Some gamers had been just lately been understanding at spring coaching websites whereas working towards social distancing.
The perimeters had hoped to have gamers start testing Tuesday after which start a second spherical of spring coaching on June 26. Most groups would doubtless maintain these exercises at their house ballparks, reasonably than at their spring camps in Florida and Arizona.
“When it comes to the implications of this outbreak on the Phillies’ 2020 season, the membership declines remark, believing that it’s too early to know,” the staff mentioned.
In an announcement, managing associate John Middleton mentioned, “The Phillies are dedicated to the well being and welfare of our gamers, coaches and workers as our highest precedence.”
“On account of these confirmed assessments, all amenities in Clearwater have been closed indefinitely to all gamers, coaches and workers and can stay closed till medical authorities are assured that the virus is beneath management and our amenities are disinfected.”
The Phillies mentioned the primary confirmed case occurred Tuesday. The membership mentioned eight workers members have examined unfavourable for the virus, whereas 12 workers members and 20 gamers — each main leaguers and minor leaguers — dwelling within the Clearwater space are being examined.