Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel sat for two days after telling Cincinnati Reds medical staff Sunday morning that they were ill.
Moustakas was scratched from Sunday’s squad and was placed on the injured list. Senzel was another scratch on the lineup, but remained on the roster.
The Reds had no further information about their condition over the next two days – teams are limited in what they can say when it involves COVID-19 testing – however, Nick Castellanos provided an update after spending 8-5 Chicago Cubs on Tuesday when answering a question about his believes in team list.
“If you look at our line-up, unfortunately with some of these (exhaustive) protocols you know, both Moose and Senzel have negative tests, but they can̵7;t play until Thursday,” Castellanos said. “That was a big drop, of course, because they’re both big parts of our lineup.”
Moustakas and Senzel will return a day earlier than Castellanos expected. Moustakas has been activated from the wounded list. Senzel tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that he was “back” and it was “weird”.
Both players were in the lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
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Moustakas and Senzel tested negative for COVID-19 and showed no symptoms after Sunday, according to a source with knowledge of their test results. According to the source, two players signed up and called an appeal to the league’s joint committee on Wednesday morning so that they could return after a negative test.
Any player who reports COVID-19 symptoms or has a fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit must be isolated from the team according to the league’s operating manual. After reporting symptoms, teams are asked to arrange an accelerated diagnostic test for COVID-19. The player must then provide another saliva sample for “confirmatory PCR diagnostic testing”.
To get a green light to return, the league’s operating manual states that one: the results of the accelerated diagnostic test and confirmatory testing must be confirmed as negative for COVID-19, two, the player shows no symptoms and, three, the team doctor grants permission to return to team facilities.
Players sitting in possession after showing signs are not unique to the Reds. The Atlanti Braves had two catchers, Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers. Braves manager Brian Snitker said both COVID-19 tests are constantly testing negative.
Red infielder Matt Davidson, who was a team player in Friday’s season opener, was added to the 10-day injury list on Saturday after a positive test for COVID-19. When Moustakas and Senzel were ill on Sunday, there were fears it might be related.
One of the Reds’ frustrations with the “(exhaustive) protocols” is that it discourages players from reporting symptoms if there are barriers to return despite a negative test for COVID-19. The league will, of course, be wrong after the Miami Marlins coronavirus break out in their clubhouse.
All Marlins games were postponed to Monday. The Philadelphia Phillies, who played the Marlins last weekend, postponed their games to Friday. The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, who were to play the Marlins and Phillies this week, will be playing Wednesday and Thursday in Baltimore.
The Washington Nationals are gone this weekend because they were supposed to play the Marlins. The Nationals voted in the team this week about playing Marlins; only one player voted to play.
“We’re really close and we’re very united,” said Nationals manager Dave Martinez. “I heard the hum of the players and they had some concerns. I wanted to talk about it. We had a voice and we all decided it was probably not safe to go there. “
After losing four consecutive games, the Reds’ urgency is high – including all three without Moustakas and Senzel. Moustakas has four hits this season in eight racers with a homer and four RBIs. The sensor is 0-pre-7 with a score in the run.