Phillies GM Matt Klentak updates team’s COVID-19 situation

The Phillies were hit with several coronavirus cases relating to their Florida facility late last month. GM Matt Klentak updated the team’s situation Tuesday in comments to reporters including Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer (links
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It turns out that outfielder Adam Haseley never had any real COVID-19 concerns. He had been away from camp but not due to a positive test or contact with a suspected infection. Rather, it turns out that a lab error held up the 24-year-old.

That’s good news for Haseley, who’s now ready to roll. It’s a bit of a gut-check to hear of a mistake in the handling of testing, though at least the error was made in the direction of caution.

Of the four Phillies players who had been placed on the coronavirus IL, at least two — Scott Kingery and Tommy Hunter — are said to have tested positive for coronavirus. Former top overall draft pick Mikie Mahtook also registered a COVID-19 infection, which will obviously also take him out of commission while he recovers.

It’s clear there’s an even greater need for the Phils to clamp down and exercise care than most other clubs. In addition to those players, there are three coaches who have tested positive: bench coach Rob Thomson, catching coach Greg Brodzinski and bullpen coach Jim Gott.

Thankfully, there’s no indication to this point that any of the affected individuals are suffering significant symptoms. But the concern is obvious. Indeed, veteran lefty Francisco Liriano — who’s with the org on a minor league deal — is said to be considering whether to opt out of the season.

Published at Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:24:49 +0000

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