New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman address COVID-19 related injured players list. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB, MLBPA may announce future positive coronavirus test results

While speaking with reporters earlier today, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman explained that teams cannot disclose which players are added to the COVID-19 related injured list during the upcoming 60-game season.

Perhaps Cashman should have included "as of this second" during those comments.

Also on Tuesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that owners and the MLB Players Association are still discussing whether or not positive coronavirus tests fall under employment-related injuries.

Sherman wrote: 

For any other medical conditions that keep a player from rendering services, teams can only disclose that a medical condition is preventing a player from playing and how long the player is expected to be absent. The new COVID list seemingly falls under this category if the Basic Agreement is used as a guideline, unless MLB and the union negotiate otherwise.

Unlike the standard injured list, there's no set timetable for when players may return from the COVID-19 list. Such players remain ineligible until they produce two negative coronavirus tests and are cleared by team doctors while showing and reporting zero symptoms of the virus. 

It's also worth noting a player doesn't have to experience symptoms or test positive to enter the COVID-19 list. Known exposure to an infected person or a physician noticing symptoms could lead to a team placing a player on its COVID-19 list.

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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