The Houston Astros canceled their team's workout on Saturday after learning that a staff member had come into contact with an individual who had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual who tested positive does not work for the Astros organization.
The Astros released the following statement on Saturday morning: "As part of MLB's testing and reporting plan, we were alerted that a staff member was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization. Out of an abundance of caution, we have cancelled today's workout. We are working closely with MLB and our team physicians to follow the established testing and cleaning protocols so that we can safely bring our players and staff back to the field as soon as possible."
This is the first known time a team has canceled its workout due to potential exposure to someone who had been infected with the coronavirus. It is not the first time the Astros have had to alter their plans out of an abundance of caution, however, as Houston was forced to forego its scheduled workout on Monday due to a lag in testing results.
intends to launch its 2020 regular season on July 23. It's unclear how the league will handle similar situations during the year, when the schedule is less flexible.
The season was originally scheduled to begin on March 26. About two weeks before that, the league was forced to scrap those plans -- along with every other sports league -- due to the spread of COVID-19.