Several players on the Toronto Blue Jays test positive for COVID-19


TSN confirming, a number of Toronto Blue Jays players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

The source confirmed the news on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the positive cases.

Dunedin, Fla., the Blue Jays' spring-training home, and Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, both have been mentioned as potential home venues for Canada's lone major-league team in reports.

Major League Baseball made a decision to shut down all Spring Training facilities in Florida and Arizona on Saturday after five Philadelphia Phillies and one Houston Astros player tested positive. The Rangers reported that no one within their organization had tested positive, but as a precaution were closing their facilities.

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday night the season will start July 23 or 24, with teams scheduled to report to camps by July 1. Most teams intend to train in their regular-season stadiums, but where Toronto will play remains uncertain.

Team president Mark Shapiro is expected to address the COVID-19 positives and specifics on the Jays' plans on a Friday conference call with the media.

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Canada has waived the 14-day quarantine for Vancouver, Edmonton or Toronto being a potential National Hockey League hub city, agreeing to a cohort quarantine where teams stay in an essential bubble during the Stanley Cup tournament. The US-Canada border is also closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.

It remains unclear where the Blue Jays plan to hold their training camp and play home games this summer. A message left with the team was not immediately returned.

However, MLB on Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal reported on Wednesday night that the Major League Baseball Players Association is advising agents that the Jays are asking the Canadian government to play the entire home portion of their season in Toronto.

"The resumption of activities in Canada must be undertaken in adherence to Canada's plan to mitigate the importation and spread of COVID-19", Maddison told The Associated Press.

Already faced with the significant challenge and uncertainty of where to play their 2020 season, the Blue Jays have now been rocked with an outbreak of COVID-19.

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