Charlie Blackmon was one of three Rockies to test positive for COVID-19.  John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Charlie Blackmon among three Rockies to test positive for COVID-19

Shortly after the news broke that we will, in fact, get a Major League Baseball season in 2020, the Colorado Rockies made a statement regarding the coronavirus.

Three Rockies players, including outfielder Charlie Blackmon, have tested positive for the virus, according to Kyle Newman of The Denver Post. Left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl and minor leaguer Ryan Castellani were the other two players to test positive.

According to Newman, all three players tested positive after recent workouts at Coors Field and they received their results late last week. All other players who were working out at Coors Field have tested negative, Newman adds.

Blackmon, a four-time All-Star, becomes one of the most notable names across baseball to test positive for the coronavirus. The other two aren't as recognizable -- Diehl pitched 10 games for the Rockies last season and Castellani reached the Triple-A level for the first time last year.

This news likely won't inhibit the MLB season from beginning with training camps set to open on July 1. The season is expected to start on either July 23 or 24, and players agreed to multiple health and safety protocols put in place by the league.

The coronavirus will determine whether the season even gets underway as expected and also lasts the full 60 games that it's supposed to. According to a report, 40 players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus last week, which doesn't necessarily bode well for fans hoping for a season.

Things are going to get extremely complicated in the coming weeks if the virus continues to surge in southern states such as Florida.

While some players certainly will opt out of the season, only ones deemed to be at "high risk" of infection will receive their full prorated salary.


Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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