CLEARWATER — The Phillies announced Tuesday that another player and two more staffers at their Clearwater training facility have tested positive for COVID-19.
That comes after Friday’s announcement that five players and three staffers working at the facility off U.S. 19 had tested positive.
The Phillies said Friday that results of tests on 32 others were pending, and Tuesday that “all other tests have come back negative.” The team also said another player “in a location other than Clearwater” tested positive, making for seven total.
The outbreak at the Phillies complex, and concerns that a player at the Blue Jays complex in Dunedin was presenting COVID-19 symptoms, along with a spike in positive cases throughout Florida and Arizona, led Major League Baseball to temporarily shut down all spring facilities, where players were working out informally, for a deep cleaning and disinfecting procedure.
The Rays have been doing limited workouts three times a week at the Trop. Since that is their regular-season home, they are allowed to continue.
The league also instructed teams to plan to hold Spring 2.0 workouts ahead of the expected 60-game season at their regular-season home ballparks. The Blue Jays’ plans are not clear, however, as the Canadian border remains closed.