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.
James Click: "No one currently on the road with the major league team turned up as a part of the contact tracing protocols. Based on the protocols, the big league team is currently unaffected."
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) August 22, 2020
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.
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