It may have gone largely unnoticed because of everything else that was going on, but MLB last week completed its first week of the season with zero positive COVID-19 tests. Given the travel that still takes place, the non-bubble environment, and the still-wide spread in the United States, that’s really impressive.
It was also not going to last:
A’s statement on positive COVID test for a member of the organization. Today’s game is postponed: pic.twitter.com/Pc99VIzZbg
— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) August 30, 2020
Now is where you hope beyond hope that this can look like the Reds and Mets situations, rather than the Marlins or Cardinals. In the Reds and Mets cases, there were positive tests and games were immediately postponed with everyone isolated. That allowed for several days of contact tracing and testing to confirm that the positive(s) were isolated exposures without any additional spread among the team.
Following that track, you can presume the A’s will not play for a few days at this point, and you just have to cross your fingers.
No word in the announcement on who the positive test was, or even what capacity in which they served. But it’s part of the team’s traveling party, at a minimum, and obviously they were playing games yesterday. A doubleheader, in fact. Gulp.