Royals news surrounds how catcher SalvadorPerez tested positive for COVID-19 and has shown no symptoms.
Alec Lewis of The Athletic tweeted the news out on Independence Day, but noted that Perez was in good spirits and said it was okay for the organization to announce his positive test.
Major League Baseball tested a total of 3,185 players and staff and out of that bunch, 38 tested positive (see Jon Heyman tweet below). Perez is one of those 38 and it appears that he’ll need to get two negative tests before he can rejoin his teammates.
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"Because COVID-19 is a “non-work-related” injury, it is subject to the privacy guidelines in the collective bargaining agreement. That means Perez had to give the Royals permission to announce he tested positive. Without Perez’s permission, the Royals would not have been able to discuss his absence from summer camp."
It’s great that Perez is doing well and in good spirits, but it is worrisome that a member of the Royals has now tested positive because of how easily the virus appears to spread.
Royals manager Mike Matheny (who was hired over the offseason) also confirmed that he battled coronavirus while Major League Baseball was delayed. That makes two key names in the organization who have tested positive.
It’s great that baseball is back, but it’ll be interesting to see how long the season can go on before it’s potentially shut down again. A lot of key players are opting to not even participate this year (and who can blame them?) and is it really worth it in a 60-game season? The World Series champ will have an asterisk next to their name forever.
For now, it’s great news that Salvador Perez is doing well despite his positive test result and hopefully he’ll be good to go when the season is set to begin at the end of the month.