After the second day of official workouts, Aaron Nola, Adam Haseley, and Christian Bethancourt are still yet to report to the Phillies camp. Manager Joe Girardi didn’t give details about their absences, other than that the team is figuring it out. It’s now been confirmed that the three Phillies thought to be MIA from camp, have now been found to have tested positive for COVID-19.
Legally, the Phillies couldn’t have specified whether their absences were the result of the coronavirus – at least not without the players haven given their express consent. However, one would tend to have believed that it was at least a realistic explanation. That assumption was confirmed late this afternoon the news of the positive tests made its way to the media and then onto social media.
Had Aaron Nola not pitched for the Phillies this season, it would be an enormous loss for the team. Nola has been the Phillies’ ace the last three seasons. His best year in 2018 saw him finish third in the NL Cy Young voting. Adam Haseley, not playing this year, would likely have meant Roman Quinn would have been the team’s everyday centerfielder. Christian Bethancourt is more of a camp body for the catcher’s spot and was unable to make the team.
Now that the mystery of the missing players has been resolved, the Phillies and there fans will eagerly wait. The quarantine process must run its course. After the required 14-day quarantine, players are then required to test negative not once, but twice, with tests being administered no sooner than 24 hours apart.
Unfortunately, the list of infected MLB players continues to grow, as MLB seeks to finally start the 2020 season.
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