Nationals Call On MLB to Expedite Testing After Cancelling Workout

Dan Mennella
July 06, 2020 - 11:08 am
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The Washington Nationals called out Major League Baseball after cancelling a Monday morning workout because of outstanding coronavirus test results.

The Nats called off practice on Monday because the team had not yet received the results of Covid-19 tests conducted on players on Friday, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.

"Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab," Rizzo said in a statement, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels also cancelled weekend workouts because of a lack of testing or slowly reported results, Passan added. The reasons for the shortfalls were unclear, but the testing protocols spelled out in MLB's restart would require somewhere around 14,000 tests per week, Passan added.

The troubling news comes amid rumblings about players reportedly feeling apprehensive about restarting training camps amid coronavirus surges in some areas of the country. On Saturday, newly signed Dodgers ace pitcher David Price announced he was opting out of the 60-game, virus-shortened season.

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle said over the weekend that many players including himself were cautiously committed to playing the season for now but had not ruled sitting out.