Seven members of the Guardians STAFF are under MLB health and safety protocols following an apparent outbreak of COVID-19.
Pitching coach Carl Willis will serve as interim manager for this weekend’s series in Minnesota against the Twins.
Mandy Bell of MLB.com reported that those affected include bench coach Demarlo Hale, hitting coach Chris Valaika, assistant pitching coach Joe Torres, first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., third base coach Mike Sarbaugh , hitting analyst Justin Toole and manager Terry Francona. For now it is known that only Francona and Hale have tested positive for the virus.
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Wednesday’s game between the Guardians and the White Sox was suspended due to concerns about COVID-19 in the Cleveland team and now it is clear why. MLB reported that it will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days.
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For now, there are no known positive cases of coronavirus on the Cleveland roster, which would allow them to continue playing, but of course the next few hours will be decisive in knowing the status of the organization ahead of the weekend series against the Twins.