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Date Player
7/7/2020 Nick Markakis, Atl, RF
Markakis opted out of the 2020 season on Monday due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Analysis: Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season. He follows right-hander Felix Hernandez, the former Cy Young winner with Seattle who was competing for a rotation spot before opting out on Sunday. The 36-year-old Markakis said Monday he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever.
7/7/2020 Joey Gallo, Tex, LF
Gallo tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the outfielder who is asymptomatic to miss the start of summer camp for the Texas Rangers after being among teammates who had worked out at their new ballpark for several weeks before that.

Analysis: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Gallo has had multiple tests, including one that came back negative. He was isolating at his high-rise Dallas apartment and away from teammates. The slugger had 22 homers and a .253 average in 70 games last season, when he was an All-Star before right wrist surgery.
7/7/2020 Kole Calhoun, Ari, RF
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says Calhoun has tested positive for COVID-19.

Analysis: Lovullo added that Calhoun is asymptomatic and feels good. The 32-year-old Calhoun signed a $16 million, two-year deal in the offseason after playing his first eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. He hit a career-high 33 homers last season and is expected to bat in the middle of Arizona's lineup in 2020.
7/5/2020 Héctor Neris, Phi, P
Neris is one of four Phillies players placed on the 10-day injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Analysis: It's unclear if the Phillies' expected closer has been experiencing symptoms, or if he'll be ready to go for the planned start of the season later this month. Neris saved a career-high 34 games and struck out 89 batters in 67.2 innings in 2019.
7/5/2020 Scott Kingery, Phi, SS
Kingery is one of four Phillies players placed on the 10-day injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Analysis: It's unclear if Kingery has experienced symptoms, and his availability for the delayed season is uncertain as well. He's slated to be the Phillies' everyday third baseman after recording 19 homers, 55 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 126 games in 2019.
7/5/2020 Jose Urquidy, Hou, P
Astros manager Dusty Baker said Urquidy is currently not with the team due to an "undisclosed condition."

Analysis: That could be code for COVID-19, though that's purely speculation. Urquidy impressed in limited action as a rookie last season, posting a 3.95 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in seven starts and two relief appearances, and was in line for a rotation spot when MLB suspended spring training back in March.
7/5/2020 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P
Tanaka has been released from a New York hospital one day after being struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton in an intrasquad game. The Yankees have placed the right-hander in concussion protocol, though manager Aaron Boone said Tanaka is no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms.

Analysis: Though certainly good news, Tanaka's availability for the start of the delayed season could be in question unless he's cleared to resuming throwing within the next week or so. If he's not ready to go right away, it's unclear whether Boone will use a regular fill-in for his rotation spot or go the opener route.
7/5/2020 Will Smith, Atl, P
Smith has tested positive for the coronavirus but said he is not experiencing any symptoms.

Analysis: Smith, who signed a three-year, $39 million contract with Atlanta in the offseason after saving a career-high 34 games for the Giants in 2019, should be fine for the start of the delayed season if he remains asymptomatic. The left-hander figures to mainly be used in a setup role with the Braves but would be first in line for save chances should Mark Melancon get hurt or struggle.
7/5/2020 Salvador Perez, KC, C
Perez announced Saturday he has tested positive for COVID-19 but has not been experiencing any symptoms.

Analysis: The Royals have placed Perez on the 10-day injured list, though he should be ready for the start of the delayed season barring any setbacks. The six-time All-Star is trying to bounce back after missing all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
7/5/2020 DJ LeMahieu, NYY, 2B
LeMahieu has tested positive for the coronavirus but has been asymptomatic and is currently resting at home in self-isolation.

Analysis: LeMahieu seems to have a good chance of being ready for when the Yankees open the delayed season in a few weeks. He's coming off a stellar 2019 campaign in which he batted .327 and set career highs with 26 homers and 102 RBIs.
7/5/2020 Miguel Sanó, Min, 3B
Sano has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been placed on the 10-day injured list.

Analysis: Sano did not display any symptoms and will remain in quarantine until testing negative for the virus at least twice, which gives him a chance of being in the lineup for the delayed season opener. An All-Star in 2017, Sano had career highs of 34 home runs and 79 RBIs.
7/4/2020 Freddie Freeman, Atl, 1B
The Braves have placed Freeman on the 10-day injured list as he recovers from a bout with the coronavirus.

Analysis: The Braves remain hopeful that the All-Star first baseman, who's dealt with a fever and body aches from the contagious disease but has been improving, will be ready for the start of the delayed season. Manager Brian Snitker mentioned Austin Riley, Johan Camargo and Adam Duvall as potential fill-ins should Freeman miss any game action.
7/4/2020 David Price, LAD, P
Price said he will sit out the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. ''After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family's health for me to not play this season,'' he said.

Analysis: Price was 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA for Boston last year and helped the Red Sox beat the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. The Dodgers got Price and former AL MVP Mookie Betts from Boston in a February trade for outfielder Alex Verdugo and prospects.
7/2/2020 José Quintana, ChC, P
Quintana had surgery on Thursday to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb after he cut himself washing dishes at his home in Miami.

Analysis: Quintana needed five stitches and is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks as Chicago prepares for MLB's 60-game abbreviated season that starts in late July. Quintana went 13-9 with a 4.68 ERA last season to tie Jon Lester for the team lead in wins.
6/30/2020 Charlie Blackmon, Col, CF
Blackmon has become the first Major League Baseball player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Analysis: Blackmon is a four-time All-Star slugger who hit .314 with 32 home runs and 86 RBIs last season. He turns 34 on July 1, the day players are set to begin reporting for the resumption of spring training.
6/30/2020 Ian Desmond, Col, CF
Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote Monday night on Instagram that the ''COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.'' But the biracial slugger also mentioned a myriad of issues within baseball, including racism, sexism, homophobia and socioeconomic concerns.

Analysis: Desmond, who hit .255 with 20 homers in 140 games last season, had been due $5,555,556 for the prorated share of his $15 million salary, part of a $70 million, five-year contract. He is owed $8 million next year, and his deal includes a $15 million team option for 2022 with a $2 million buyout.
6/4/2020 Chris Archer, Pit, P
Archer won't pitch for the Pirates in 2020, and his time with the club may be over. The 31-year-old right-hander had surgery Tuesday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule.

Analysis: The Pirates were banking on a bounce back year by Archer, who is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline. Archer's contract includes a $9 million salary this year, an option that was exercised in November. Archer will receive only a portion due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pittsburgh holds an $11 million club option for 2021, with a $250,000 buyout.
 
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