When the 60-game regular season begins later this month, the Minnesota Twins may be without slugging first baseman Miguel Sano. The club announced Saturday that Sano is away from the team after testing positive for COVID-19. They did not provide a timetable for his return. Twins utility man Willians Astudillo, righty Edwar Colina and infielder Nick Gordon have also tested positive.
Because COVID-19 is a "non-work-related" injury, it is subject to the privacy guidelines in the collective bargaining agreement. That means Sano & Co. had to give the Twins permission to announce they tested positive. Without their permission, the Twins would not have been able to discuss their absences from summer camp.
MLB created a new COVID-19 injured list with no minimum or maximum stay. It can be used not only when a player tests positive, but also when a player shows symptoms or has contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19. A player must meet certain criteria to be activated off the COVID-19 list, including two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.