The amount of people tested – up to 1,800 players in the coming weeks – will mathematically reveal new positive tests. As one veteran said while preparing for his initial selection, “We would be naive to think that no one is going to get it, or doesn’t already have it and that we are about to find out.” This is how we manage the situation. “
Players will check their temperature at least twice a day, and a reading of 100.4 or more means self-isolation. They will be tested for the virus every other day, and they have antibody tests done about once a month. Many staff will go through a health questionnaire before being admitted to the facility, and this includes if they have had symptoms such as difficulty breathing, fatigue, coughing or “COVID toes” », Itching, painful lesions a bit like gel bites. A positive test urges the team leaders to isolate the person, to trace his steps and the people with whom he has been in contact, and to take precautions from the test to additional cleaning. A player who tests positive must have two negative tests and no symptoms to return to the game.
There is a list of COVID-19 injuries for players who have symptoms, have tested positive, or have a family member. Unlike other injured lists, there is no minimum duration for a player to be on it.
The seasonal anachronistic “spring training” will include 21 days and three phases: training sessions in small groups according to a staggered schedule, larger groups and possibly full team training sessions, and finally exhibition games, if you want. Teams can have a maximum of three games against an opponent. The Cardinals have polled their veteran players and are looking to have scrums, not games against another club. During the spring training matches, the substitution rules will be relaxed so that the pitchers can return and the heats can be completed before a third withdrawal.