The Padres left fielder is reportedly asymptomatic as the team opens up camp
While the Padres held the first of many team workouts as summer camp officially opened on Friday, they’ll be without Tommy Pham for an unknown period of time, as he reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.
This news is unfortunate, but it’s encouraging to hear that Pham wasn’t exhibiting any symptoms. The testing was part of a league-wide round of initial tests as formal workouts started on Friday, and the league is reporting that just 1.2 percent of samples returned positive.
Per the report, 31 of those positive test results were from players with the remaining seven coming from non-player personnel. And 19 of 30 teams in the league had at least one player test positive.
The league has a terrific testing protocol set in place for the 60-game schedule; a 101-page Operations Manual indicating that: “Players and coaches will be tested for COVID-19 every other day. All other Covered Individuals will be tested multiple times per week. Everyone will undergo antibody testing approximately once a month.”
Around the league, there have been several players and coaches who have tested positive, with many in the Blue Jays and Phillies clubhouses comprising of a large majority before the league implemented a 60-game schedule.
Cubs’ pitching coach Tommy Hottovy’s 30-day nightmare with the virus was sobering to read how truly devastating it can be on a healthy individual. Per The Athletic, Hottovy reported sleeplessness between the hours of midnight and 6 am, coughing and shortness of breath, and ultimately ending up at the hospital receiving treatment.
It goes without saying, but please wear a mask in public.