The Toronto Blue Jays have shut down their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida after a pitcher was exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. This comes shortly after reports that the Philadelphia Phillies have had five players and three staff members test positively for the virus.
The Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday shut down their spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., after a player exhibited COVID-19 symptoms, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 19, 2020
Dunedin is just up the road from Clearwater, where eight people in the Philadelphia Phillies organization tested positive.
The player and the organization will await his test results and according to Passan, the team will ramp up testing if this isn’t an isolated case. Dunedin is just down the road from Clearwater, where the Phillies were practicing and Florida as a whole has seen a big jump in Covid-19 cases over the past week.
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins told Passan, “we are being overly precautious with testing.” Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like the MLB will need to do more to keep players inside a bubble if they want to get a season without constant Covid-19 interruptions.