The 2020 MLB season is right around the corner with Opening Day set for July 23, but another setback could jeopardize it all. For the second time since spring training began, the Houston Astros have suspended another workout due to COVID-19.
The Astros discovered that a member of their staff might have come in direct contact with a person who has the coronavirus. As a result, the club canceled its scheduled workout on Saturday in an abundance of caution.
#Astros cancel today’s workout in Houston “as a precautionary step due to a potential direct exposure” of COVID-19 to a staff member. Team says it is working to “safely bring our players and staff back to the field as soon as possible.” @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 11, 2020
While it might only be a minor setback for the team, it highlights the risks and potential delays that come with playing during a health crisis. Even a potential exposure to the virus will lead to a team sidelining any players who might have come in close proximity to the person.
It still isn’t a certainty that there will be an MLB season. If more players, including MLB stars, opt out of playing, it could ultimately lead to baseball shutting down for the year.