Editor’s note: Sporting News has chosen to publish only positive COVID-19 tests confirmed by the player, his manager or his team.
Positive tests for COVID-19 are an unfortunate byproduct of MLB forcing a season in the middle of a global pandemic, and if the early returns are any indication, those tests aren’t going to slow as the season gets underway.
There have been a number of players who have opted out to this point, giving teams an idea of what exactly they’re up against heading into the 2020 season. Early testing results have been encouraging, however.
While the first two rounds of testing from MLB indicated a sub-2 percent positive rate for all MLB personnel — players, coaches, staff and others — that number might be unsustainable once games and travel get going in a few weeks. So far, a fair amount of MLB teams have been faced with having to deal with positive coronavirus tests, and hopefully it’s not foreshadowing for the upcoming MLB season.
While not all players who hit the COVID-19 list’s names will be revealed, players who have self-reported or managers who have been given the OK to reveal names will be listed below.
MLB players with coronavirus
Here is the list of players who revealed they tested positive for COVID-19, alphabetical by team name:
|Athletics||Jesus Luzardo||July 7||Yes|
|Braves||Freddie Freeman||July 4||Yes|
|Braves||Will Smith||July 4||No|
|Braves||Touki Toussaint||July 4||No|
|Braves||Pete Kozma||July 4||No|
|Brewers||Luis Urias||July 6||No|
|Brewers||Angel Perdomo||July 6||No|
|Cardinals||Alex Reyes||July 18||Yes|
|Cardinals||Elehuris Montero||July 5||No|
|Cardinals||Genesis Cabrera||July 4||Yes|
|Cardinals||Ricardo Sanchez||July 4||No|
|Diamondbacks||Junior Guerra||July 5||Yes|
|Diamondbacks||Kole Calhoun||July 5||No|
|Diamondbacks||Seth Beer||July 7||Yes|
|Diamondbacks||Silvino Bracho||July 5||No|
|Dodgers||Kenley Jansen||July 12||Yes|
|Giants||Hunter Bishop||July 29||No|
|Giants||Luis Madero||July 29||No|
|Indians||Delino DeShields||July 3||Yes|
|Padres||Tommy Pham||July 3||Yes|
|Padres||Jorge Mateo||July 8||No|
|Phillies||Scott Kingery||July 7||Yes|
|Phillies||Mikie Mahtook||July 7||No|
|Phillies||Tommy Hunter||July 7||No|
|Pirates||Blake Cederlind||July 5||No|
|Pirates||Socrates Brito||July 5||Yes|
|Rangers||Joey Gallo||July 6||No|
|Rays||Jose Martinez||July 18||Yes|
|Red Sox||Eduardo Rodriguez||July 7||No|
|Red Sox||Josh Taylor||July 4||No|
|Red Sox||Bobby Dalbec||July 7||Yes|
|Red Sox||Darwinzon Hernandez||July 4||No|
|Rockies||Charlie Blackmon||June 23||No|
|Rockies||Phillip Diehl||June 23||No|
|Rockies||Ryan Castellani||June 23||No|
|Royals||Salvador Perez||July 4||No|
|Royals||Brad Keller||July 7||No|
|Royals||Ryan O’Hearn||July 7||No|
|Royals||Cam Gallagher||July 11||No|
|Tigers||Daniel Norris||June 23||No|
|Twins||Miguel Sano||July 4||No|
|Twins||Willians Astudillo||July 4||No|
|Twins||Nick Gordon||July 4||No|
|Twins||Edwar Colina||July 4||No|
|Yankees||Luis Cessa||July 4||No|
|Yankees||DJ LeMahieu||July 4||Yes|
|Yankees||Aroldis Chapman||July 11||No|
MLB coronavirus policy
If a player tests positive for COVID-19, they’re placed on the COVID-19 list, which is separate from the injured list. There is no minimum or maximum amount of days to spend on the coronavirus list, but in order to return to the field, a player must test negative twice within 24 hours.
The player is replaced from a member of the 60-man player pool, which is new only for the 2020 season.