MLB knew trying to restart during a pandemic was going to be difficult. As the league prepares to begin the regular season in July, players are being tested for coronavirus as they report to camp.
That process hasn’t gone smoothly. MLB has already struggled with the rollout of the tests, as some teams have waited days to receive test results. On top of that, a number of star players, including Freddie Freeman, Salvador Perez and Miguel Sanó have produced positive coronavirus tests.
The latest in that group came Monday, as Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo tested positive for coronavirus.
Rangers confirm that Joey Gallo has tested positive for COVID-19.— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) July 6, 2020
On 6/29 got positive test. Did follow-up test on 6/30 and it came back negative. Waited 48 hours, and 7/2 test came back positive yesterday.
Is asymptomatic, quarantining at home.
Gallo, 26, is asymptomatic and quarantining at home.
Gallo was tested multiple times by the Rangers. Gallo’s first test came June 27. That test came back positive June 29. The following day, Gallo took a nasal test, which came back negative. On July 2, Gallo took a saliva test, which registered another positive result.
In order to return, Gallo must produce two negative tests 24 hours apart.
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