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Date Player
7/13/2020 Chase Anderson, Tor, P
Anderson has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, putting his availability for the start of the season at risk.

Analysis: Oblique strains are usually multi-week injuries, so it would be hard to count on Anderson being ready when the Blue Jays open up the shortened season later this month. The right-hander went 8-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 32 games (27 starts) for the Brewers in 2019 and was slated for a spot in Toronto's rotation.
7/13/2020 Yordan Alvarez, Hou, LF
Alvarez, who has yet to report to Astros' camp for undisclosed reasons, has been placed on the 10-day injured list.

Analysis: Alvarez, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, and pitcher Jose Urquidy are not with the team for what manager Dusty Baker said was a "condition that is preventing them from reporting to the field." It's not known, but certainly possible, that the outfielder has tested positive for COVID-19. Either way, it's not looking likely at this point that Alvarez will be ready for Houston's July 24 opener.
7/12/2020 Yoán Moncada, CWS, 2B
Moncada (undisclosed) has been placed on the 10-day injured list

Analysis: Moncada hit .315 with 25 homers and 79 RBIs in 132 games last season.
7/12/2020 Aroldis Chapman, NYY, P
Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman ''overall is doing well'' but ''will not be here for the foreseeable future.''

Analysis: The Yankees will open their regular season against the World Series champion Nationals on July 23. If Chapman isn't back by then, Boone said left-hander Zack Britton would be a ''natural guy'' to replace him, but a formal decision hasn't been made.
7/10/2020 Michael Kopech, CWS, P
Kopech has opted not to play this season. The team had said Kopech was dealing with a personal issue.

Analysis: Kopech is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance. Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 26 and likely would have opened the year in the minors had the season started on time. He made his big league debut in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in four starts.
7/10/2020 Buster Posey, SF, C
Posey decided to opt out of the 2020 season Friday out of health concerns for his newly adopted twin baby girls during the coronavirus pandemic. Posey is one of the most prominent players to opt out of the season as a six-time All-Star, the 2012 NL MVP and a three-time World Series champion.

Analysis: He batted a career-low .257 last season and has just 12 homers in 803 at-bats the last two years combined.
7/8/2020 Eduardo Rodriguez, Bos, P
Rodriguez has tested positive for COVID-19. Rodriguez has not been with the team at Fenway Park since camp opened because he had been around relatives who had been ill.

Analysis: Manager Ron Roenicke said that Rodriguez is not feeling 100 percent but is feeling better. Roenicke also said that he intended to have Rodriguez, who won a career-high 19 games last season with a 3.81 ERA, start on opening day. No. 1 starter Chris Sale will miss the 2020 season following Tommy John surgery.
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 remains a concern for the start of the season as he recovers from a concussion.

Analysis: Tanaka was hit on the side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on July 4. He has been throwing on flat ground and Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he had a date in mind for a bullpen session, which he did not announce. Tanaka would then have to progress to batting practice.
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. He has officially been placed on the 10-day injured list, and it's still uncertain when he'll be able to join the team.

Analysis: LeMahieu is 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.
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