Rockies players Charlie Blackmon, Phillip Diehl and Ryan Castellani tested positive for coronavirus after recent training at Coors Field, Major League Baseball sources said. The Denver Post.
Several Rockies have been working at Coors Field this month, including taking live turns. Positive tests came late last week, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. One player showed symptoms and the other two were asymptomatic.
After all three players tested positive, all of the other players who were training at Coors Field were tested for coronaviruses. Those tests were negative. Per Major League Baseball protocol, Coors Field has been closed for the week.
As of Tuesday, MLB and the players association were finalizing final health and safety measures for the 60-game season expected to be implemented by Commissioner Rob Manfred, with a tentative start date of around July 24. . The season would include a special list of coronavirus-related injuries for players who are experiencing symptoms or tested positive.
Blackmon is a four-star Colorado star who is projected as the team’s starting right fielder this year. Diehl, a left-handed reliever, made his MLB debut last year. Right-hander Castellani has yet to make his major league debut, but he is on the team’s 40-man list.