Some players in Twins organization have tested positive for COVID-19
June 26, 2020
In the space of four days, the Twins have received a blueprint for playing baseball in 2020, the go-ahead to implement it - and a vivid reminder that it all could come to a halt at any moment.
The first cases of COVID-19 among Twins players have been detected this week, President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey announced Thursday, and those players - "it was a few," both major and minor leaguers, Falvey said while declining to be more specific - are quarantined until they can clear MLB's virus protocols.
That will require at least two negative test results, spaced a few days apart, so "we are likely to not have our [full] complement of what would have been 60 [players] to start camp" Wednesday at Target Field, Falvey said during a video call with Twins reporters. The tests were administered "after reporting either close contact with someone who was COVID-positive in one case, and in one [other] case having some level of mild symptoms. ... Prior to that, we had no known cases, staff or players or otherwise," Falvey said. "I don't think this is necessarily a surprise that we may have some positive cases. We'd expect it."