Latest COVID results announced by MLB, PA

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the latest COVID-19 testing results conducted under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. The independent Utah laboratory has reported the following results during the past week:
Weekly Monitoring Testing:
Total Monitoring Testing To Date:
Total Testing (Monitoring + Intake Testing):

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Another Rays bullpen arm lands on IL

The Rays on Friday placed reliever Pete Fairbanks on the 10-day injured list with a right rotator cuff strain, reinstated Brett Phillips from the IL, selected Hunter Strickland from the alternate training site and designated catcher Joseph Odom for assignment.
The Fairbanks news is another tough break for the Rays’ bullpen, which is already without Chaz Roe (right shoulder strain), high-leverage reliever Nick Anderson (right elbow tear) and lefty Ryan Sherriff (restricted list).
Phillips opened the season on the IL after after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring.

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Yanks reinstate Justin Wilson from IL

The Yankees on Friday reinstated left-handed reliever Justin Wilson from the injured list.
Wilson last appeared during a Spring Training game on March 22 against the Phillies, when he signaled to the dugout that something was wrong after tossing a pitch. He exited with tightness in his left shoulder.
Through six games, the Yankees’ bullpen has been superb, recording a 1.00 ERA with 31 strikeouts over 27 innings.
Wilson signed a $2.85 million deal with the Yankees in February that included a $2.3 million player option or a $7.15 million club option for the 2022 season, with a $1.15 million buyout.

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Injuries: Ohtani, Paxton, Springer, A's

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news on injured and recovering players from across Major League Baseball.
Shohei Ohtani and Luke Bard, Angels
Ohtani will have his next start, which would have been this weekend against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., pushed back due to a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, manager Joe Maddon said after the Angels beat Toronto on Thursday. Ohtani will still serve as the club’s designated hitter.
“He’s just nursing a little bit of a blister,” Maddon said. “It’s got a lot better but that’s what he’s nursing right now. That’s it. We want this to be fully well and not be an issue this year. So that’s why.” More >
Bard will undergo season-ending right hip surgery after hip discomfort had plagued him since early in Spring Training. The right-handed reliever’s estimated recovery time is six to eight months. More >
James Paxton, Evan White and Jake Fraley, Mariners
According to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Tommy John surgery has been recommended for Paxton after the Mariners placed the veteran left-hander on the 10-day injured list with a left forearm strain. Paxton has had a long history of injuries, including a strained left flexor tendon that cut his 2020 campaign with the Yankees short. If he undergoes the procedure, he will miss the rest of the 2021 season.
White, who exited Wednesday’s game with a left quad strain, will likely avoid the injured list, manager Scott Servais said Thursday. He will be reevaluated Friday as he continues to receive treatment.
Fraley, who was injured on a diving play in the outfield and placed on the 10-day IL on Wednesday, underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a mild left hamstring strain Thursday.
“[Fraley] will be out for a little while, [but it] was better news than maybe what I was expecting, based on what he said right after the injury,” Servais said. More >
George Springer, Nate Pearson and Robbie Ray, Blue Jays
Springer, who is on the IL with a left oblique strain, felt tightness in his right quad while running the bases Monday and underwent an MRI exam, which revealed a “low-grade quad strain.” Manager Charlie Montoyo said he doesn’t expect the star center fielder to be back in the lineup during Toronto’s current homestand in Dunedin, Fla.
“He can still do stuff, we’ve just got to be careful,” Montoyo said. “If you’re not careful, it can go from a low grade to really bad. Of course, we’re going to be careful. It’s going to be up to him what he can do, day to day.”
Pearson. meanwhile, continues to progress in his rehab from a right adductor strain, throwing a bullpen session on Thursday.
“There’s no sense rushing him, so he’s almost got to go through a regular Spring Training,” Montoyo said. “We’ve got to build him up, of course. We’ve got to build him up slowly and at his own pace, just like another Spring Training.”
Ray is nearing a return to the mound for the Jays, perhaps as soon as the current homestand, after recovering from a left elbow contusion. More >
A.J. Puk and Trevor Rosenthal, A’s
The A’s placed Puk on the 10-day injured list with a strained left biceps Thursday. The move is retroactive to Wednesday. His only appearance of the season came last Monday against the Dodgers, when he tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. More >
Rosenthal, meanwhile, had surgery to remove his first rib, conduct a pec minor release and a scalene release after being diagnosed with severe neurovascular compression. He was placed on the 60-day IL, and a near-term return to the mound is in serious doubt. The A’s signed Rosenthal to be their closer after Liam Hendriks signed with the White Sox in free agency. More >
Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals
Goldschmidt was held out of the lineup for St. Louis’ home opener Thursday against the Brewers due to lower back tightness. The club said the move was for precautionary reasons. More >
Wong made an emotional return to Busch Stadium Thursday, but in his third at-bat of the game he aggravated a nagging left oblique strain. Manager Craig Counsell said the injured list is a possibility for the second baseman.
“I think the injured list is a possibility, but it’s not a sure thing. I think that’s the best way to frame it,” Counsell said. “It’s a distinct possibility, but we’re not definite on it yet. We’re going to give him some time, see how he feels when he wakes up [Friday]. He still has pretty good strength, which is a good sign.” More >
Betances was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday due to a right shoulder impingement. The right-handed reliever was limited to 15 appearances last year because of a strained right lat. He reported soreness to the Mets’ training staff after struggling in his 2021 debut Wednesday.
 “I know it’s the 10-day IL, but we don’t know if he’s going to be 10 days or more,” manager Luis Rojas said. “It’s treatment, [then] build back up, and right now, it’s soreness. He’s going to rest for a few days, and let’s see how he responds after the rest part, and he starts throwing, and he gets the treatment and all that.” More >
Ketel Marte, Zac Gallen, Kole Calhoun and Nick Ahmed, D-backs
Marte left Wednesday’s game against the Rockies after trying to beat out a ground ball. He was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a right hamstring injury.
“There’s some soreness there; there are some things that we expected,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.
Gallen, who is recovering from a hairline stress fracture in his right forearm, threw 67 pitches in a game at the D-backs’ alternate training site Wednesday.
Calhoun (right knee surgery) and Ahmed (right knee patella tendinitis) also played in the same game. More >
Owings left Wednesday’s game with right hamstring soreness after racking up a triple and two doubles, but manager Bud Black said Thursday that he’s optimistic that Owings will avoid the injured list. More >
Mike Soroka and Max Fried Braves
The Braves have shut down Soroka in his bid to return from right Achilles surgery due to right shoulder inflammation. More >
Fried exited Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Nationals after getting struck in the right calf by a comebacker during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park. More >
Judge missed Wednesday’s game against the Orioles because he’s battling “general soreness in the side,” manager Aaron Boone said. More >
Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
Betts (lower back stiffness) and Bellinger (calf soreness) were both absent from the Dodgers’ starting lineup Wednesday against the A’s. It’s uncertain if an IL stint is being considered for either player. More >
The White Sox have placed Anderson on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Monday, with a left hamstring strain. Anderson suffered the injury while running to first base on a first-inning groundout in Sunday’s game against the Angels. More >

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MLB Rally: More ways to play and win

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