Trevor Bauer is an interesting guy. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of love him, hate him, indifferent – he’s interesting in one way or the other for you. He’s been vlogging the season, and in his most recent episode things got pretty real as it covers what took place on Friday – to an extent – with the Cincinnati Reds having a player test positive and having games postponed over the weekend. While the entire episode is only 14:26 long, that specific part begins at 5:24 if you wanted to jump ahead. *Warning: There is a little bit of adult language shortly after that time stamp*
“As we’re going to slap hands on the field, positive COVID test. So now, this is where it gets real. We don’t know if we’re playing tomorrow because I don’t think MLB knows if we’re playing tomorrow,” said Bauer in the video. “We got one positive COVID test. That test was taken yesterday (Thursday). Everybody else’s test from yesterday came back negative. So as we stand right now, we have one positive COVID test. Now, that doesn’t mean other people don’t have it because the incubation period is 14 days, or whatever it is. I think it’s about two weeks.”
“Tomorrow, our game has not been cancelled yet. But we’re almost positive our game is going to be cancelled. Tomorrow, I’m supposed to pitch. But we’re going to get cancelled yet due to COVID, but it hasn’t been cancelled yet. From 9-11am we have to show up to the ballpark, we can’t go in, and we’re going to take a rapid test. The commissioner is sending his private plane to Cincinnati to test us, collect the test and fly them out to the testing facility so we can hopefully get our saliva tests turned around by Sunday where we would potentially play a doubleheader if tomorrow’s game were cancelled.”
It was an interesting inside look of sorts at how things are being handled. Rob Manfred sending a plane to expedite the saliva tests to the MLB lab was certainly something that I wasn’t expecting to learn here. Perhaps that’s a weekend delivery issue where another service can’t guarantee overnight delivery and MLB took matters into their own hands?
What we did find out was that the games indeed were postponed over the weekend. We also found out there would be no doubleheader between the two teams on Monday. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that if there are no new positive tests for the Reds, they are expected to play in Kansas City on Tuesday.
As mentioned earlier, if the #Reds have zero additional positive tests tomorrow they should be cleared to play in KC on Tuesday. Otherwise, their season remains on hold. https://t.co/TPdPAWm7Dl https://t.co/kHnpr91agM
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 17, 2020