The Houston Astros have cancelled their Saturday workout as a precautionary measure due to a member of the team's staff having potentially been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced.
The person who tested positive is not a part of the Houston Astros organization.
"As part of MLB's testing and reporting plan, we were alerted that a staff member was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization," Astros general manager James Click said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, we have cancelled today's workout. We are working closely with MLB and our team physicians to follow the established testing and clearing protocols so that we can safely bring our players and staff back to the field as soon as possible."
This is the second time in less than a week that Houston has had to cancel a practice session. They were among the several teams who did not hold a workout on Monday after a lag in the previous testing left teams without results. The Nationals were also part of that group.
MLB has been under fire as the league tries to improve its testing protocols. Besides the initial delay in results, there was a report that players flying in from the Dominican Republic were not tested. Six of those players are in the Nationals organization.
On Friday, the league announced that between the two phases of testing, 28 teams have recorded at least one positive COVID-19 test, whether it be a player or staff member. 3,748 samples were collected during intake screening and 66 tests turned back positive-a rate of 1.8 percent.
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Astros cancel practice as staff member was potentially exposed to COVID-19 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington