Astros shut down alternate training site after positive COVID-19 test

Mark Townsend
·Yahoo Sports Contributor
·2 min read

The Houston Astros have temporarily shut down their alternate training site in Corpus Christi, Texas, following a positive COVID-19 test, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reported Saturday.

General manager James Click confirmed there was one positive test at the facility. The decision to shut down the site was made out of an “abundance of caution” while the team goes through Major League Baseball’s contact tracing and testing protocols. The big league team is currently unaffected.

The positive test reportedly turned up within the last two days. At this time, there’s no timetable for when the facility will reopen. The Astros will not be able to summon a player from Corpus Christi until the matter is resolved.

Houston is currently on a five-game road trip through Colorado and Houston. The team will return home to Minute Maid Park on Monday.

For this season only, MLB has expanded team rosters to 28 players. Teams can carry an additional five players on the taxi squad while on the road. The remaining players in the 60-man player pool train at the team’s alternate site.

COVID-19 impact on MLB

Major League Baseball has been unable to avoid the impact of COVID-19 during the 2020 season. A total of 37 games have been postponed due to positive tests. That includes the entire Mets-Yankees series that was scheduled to take place this weekend. The Astros have not had a game postponed this season.

The Astros also revealed Saturday that pitcher Cionel Pérez battled COVID-19 during summer camp, but has fully recovered. He made his season debut in Friday’s 4-3 loss to San Diego. To date, 54 players and 28 staff members have tested positive since MLB began testing in July.

Houston Astros temporarily shut down alternate training site due to positive COVID-19 test. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Astros temporarily shut down alternate training site due to positive COVID-19 test. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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