Recently got infielder Jorge Mateo evaluated positive for COVID-19 at consumption screening, Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler exposed to press reporters in a Zoom call today (Twitter link through Dennis Lin of The Athletic). He’s been handling moderate signs, consisting of loss of odor and taste. Mateo, obtained from the Athletics recently in exchange for a gamer to be called later on, has actually not been to Petco Park and has actually been separating considering that his test outcome. Once he tests unfavorable on 2 events, a minimum of 24 hours apart, he’ll be cleared to join his brand-new club.
It’s a regrettable start to Mateo’s period with the Padres, though it’s motivating to hear Tingler relay that the 25- year-old is currently starting to feel a bit much better. If he has the ability to make a complete healing in time for the season opener, Mateo is most likely to arrive at the Padres’ Opening Day lineup. He’s out of minors alternatives and, if healthy, can’t be sent out down to the group’s alternative training website without being exposed to waivers.
Mateo’s trade came prior to consumption screening had actually started, so there’s no other way the A’s might’ve been fairly anticipated to understand about it (if he was even positive at the time of the offer), however the trade nonetheless highlights the value of timely turn-around time on screening. Delays have actually been popular today, even as MLB has actually looked for to minimize them, and one can just envision the problems that would develop were a gamer to check positive in-season instantly after being relocated to a brand-new club. Trade volume in basic might be down this year offered the extraordinary situations under which front workplaces are running, however having as near a real-time indication of a gamer’s health as possible will be important for deals to be permitted.
That’s not to sound callous; reducing health threats for all gamers, coaches, personnel and their households is naturally the main factor that tests requirement to be processed in expeditious style. But if lineup motion is to be permitted, as is presently prepared, the kinds of hold-ups we have actually seen today will require to be ravelled in order to attend to the organized execution of the season.