Jon Heyman of MLB.com is reporting this morning that all of the Cincinnati Reds players who were tested on Saturday tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday. That report comes about 33 hours after the first report that a player in the organization tested positive earlier in the week, with the result from that test coming in on Friday night, leading to the postponement of both Saturday and Sunday’s games between Cincinnati and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hear all Reds players tested yesterday were negative, boding well for their return next week
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 16, 2020
Now, if you will excuse the strange wording above, this report isn’t entirely clear if every single Reds player was tested or not. The assumption here is that they were, because why on Earth would every player not be tested given the situation? But, the tweet specifically says all Reds players tested yesterday were negative and that most certainly could be different than “all players tested negative yesterday”. Perhaps it’s simply wasn’t the greatest choice of words by Heyman here.
Update: 5:25pm ET
Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer has provided clarification on the Jon Heyman tweet, noting that no ADDITIONAL tests came back positive.
The #Reds had 1 player test positive for COVID-19 on Friday. There were no additional positive tests on Saturday, per source.
The Cardinals situation showed it can take days for others who were exposed to test positive, so not surprising MLB is being cautious. https://t.co/A69pow4wNf
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 16, 2020
As Nightengale notes in both the St. Louis Cardinals situation, as well as the Miami Marlins situation, it took time after the initial positive test before others on the team began to also start testing positive. In the Cardinals case, a coach tested positive nearly two weeks after their initial outbreak began. It’s possible he contracted the virus from somewhere else along the way, of course, but given that we know he was exposed to multiple people who had it with the team, that seems unlikely to be the case.
When the team will play next is still up in the air. The Philadelphia Phillies, who never had a player test positive, but were on the field with the Marlins, didn’t return to the diamond for a week as they continued to test negative on a daily basis. The Reds next series was originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday against Kansas City, in Kansas City. That series has not yet been postponed.