MLB Rumors: Spring Training Sites To Temporarily Close For Cleaning Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

UPDATE (10:40 p.m. ET): Major League Baseball reportedly will indeed be closing down all 30 spring training sites for deep cleaning.

There is one exception, however.

ORIGINAL STORY: Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Florida and Arizona, the two states Major League Baseball has spring training facilities.

And it’s reportedly becoming a concern.

Both the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays closed their facilities Friday after staff and players tested positive for COVID-19. And now the league reportedly is considering closing all 30 sites to reevaluate how to test players.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, “MLB is strongly considering closing all 30 camps again to cleanse and re-establish a system in which players will test regularly when they return. Right now there is not a firm protocol for players using the facilities.”

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported teams are “anxious to get the health and safety protocol” as quickly as possible, and reportedly will discuss the topic Friday night, per USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale.

Both the league and the Players’ Association have been at odds about how to start the shortened 2020 season. But Friday’s news may add another wrinkle in games starting at all this summer.

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