It’s been heartening to see Spring Training proceed this year with almost no impact from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Intake testing yielded very few positives, and ongoing testing since then has just 17 positives out of 72,751 tests.
That said, with vaccines not yet reaching players and younger staff, and with cases once again beginning to trend upwards in various pockets of the country, it was probably too much to hope that there would be no issues. Still, I’m hoping this DOES prove to be only a minor issue for the Red Sox and MLB, and everyone stays healthy:
Here we go. Matt Barnes tests positive for COVID-19. Today’s starter, Matt Andriese, scratched due to possible exposure. Others could be forced to isolate. All of this coming five days before Opening Day. Sox scrambling to see who pitches final spring training games. #RedSox
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) March 27, 2021
The most important thing here, obviously, is player and staff health. Root for that at the top of your mind.
After that, however, you think about the timing here, and it’s rough. The season begins in just five days, and positive tests/quarantines could really muck things up right out of the gate for the Red Sox. Thankfully/hopefully there hasn’t been any cross-exposure among teams, and hopefully protocols have been observed in such a way this time around that we don’t see huge chunks of the team being affected like with the Marlins and Cardinals last year.