Of the 19 teams in the MLB that tested positive for Covid-19, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of them. Pirates’ manager, Derek Shelton, confirmed the news on Saturday. Pittsburgh has remained cautious about opening up for Spring Training.
“Organizationally we’ve had some positive results,” Shelton said.
The Pirates have been following the Allegheny County protocol to trim the number of people allowed at PNC Park. Only 25 people are allowed in the park and are being put into small groups. The Pirates have been using both dugouts to keep players separate from each other.
First baseman Josh Bell is a one of the several players that has discussed the health and safety procedures.
“Two or three guys can get it, and they can go down for however long they need to be quarantined,” Bell said.
The Pirates have taken every precaution, however they were still affected by the virus. The 60-game season is just around the corner, and the Pirates are looking to make the best of the shorten season.
If these players are able to come back healthy, the Pirates have a good shot of being in contention for a playoff birth. Finishing in last place in the NL Central in 2019 with a record of 69-93, the Pirates don’t have much room for error this year.
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