pcloudy.png
Tuesday May 24th, 2022 6:29PM

Guardians hit with COVID-19 outbreak, manager Francona out

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has sidelined manager Terry Francona and several of the team's coaches, leading to the postponement of Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Shortly after Francona's positive test became known, Major League Baseball said there were “multiple positive COVID-19 tests” in Cleveland's organization and called off Wednesday's series finale to allow for more testing and contact tracing. No makeup date has been announced.

It's the first coronavirus-related postponement since the season started on April 7.

Guardians bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who was slotted to fill in for Francona, also tested positive, and Cleveland has “multiple coaches and other team support staff members” infected with the virus, according to team spokesman Bart Swain.

There are no known current cases among Cleveland’s players. The team recently had an outbreak.

At this point, it's unclear who will manage the Guardians when they open a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday. It's likely the team will bring up several minor league coaches and field coordinators for the series.

First-base coach Sandy Alomar could be an option to manage. He took over those duties during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after Francona was forced to step away after just 14 games due to a health issue.

Following the postponement, the team members not affected by the virus flew to Minneapolis. Francona, Hale and the others who tested positive are expected to bus back to Cleveland in the coming days.

Before Francona’s positive test was announced, the Guardians met about re-instituting their mask policy. Once a team reaches a certain threshold of cases, masks are required, per MLB guidelines.

The Guardians are off Thursday. The team did set its rotation for the Twins series, with Aaron Civale starting on Friday, followed by Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie. Civale was scheduled to start Wednesday.

Francona, who has dealt with serious health problems the past two seasons, tested positive for the virus a few hours before the scheduled first pitch. The team said the 63-year-old Francona currently is not showing any symptoms.

Cleveland's team recently had a coronavirus outbreak, with infielders Owen Miller, Yu Chang and pitchers Cal Quantrill and Anthony Castro all being placed on the COVID-19 injury list. All have returned except Chang, who is in the minors.

Also, the team's TV broadcast crew had several members test positive during the team's West Coast trip.

Francona had been in good health this season following two challenging years. In 2020, he was hospitalized with gastrointestinal issues. Last year, Francona struggled after undergoing offseason surgery on his foot and left the team in July.

Francona is in his 10th season with Cleveland. He won two World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox.

TRANSACTIONS

White Sox: OF Yermín Mercedes (left hamate fracture) returned from a rehab assignment and was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 2B Leury García was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore left ankle. ... OF Andrew Vaughn (right hand bruise) was sent to Charlotte for a rehab assignment.

NEXT UP

Guardians: Civale (1-2, 9.45 ERA) struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings while picking up a win on May 5 against Toronto.

White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (3-1, 2.38 ERA) will face the New York Yankees on Thursday. Cease allowed one run in five innings in a 3-1 win at Boston on Saturday.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP Sports - Major League Baseball, AP Sports - Minor League Baseball
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Man denies killing mother at sea to inherit family's estate
A 28-year-old man who was rescued from a raft off the coast of New England in 2016 after his boat sank has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed his mother at sea to inherit the family's estate
4:30PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Judge: Trump must pay $110K, meet conditions to end contempt
A New York judge says he will lift his contempt of court order issued against Donald Trump if the former president meets certain conditions
4:28PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Clarence Dixon dies in Arizona's 1st execution since 2014
An Arizona man convicted of killing a college student in 1978 has been executed after a nearly eight-year hiatus in the state’s use of the death penalty brought on by a previous execution critics say was botched and difficulty that officials faced in sourcing lethal injection drugs
4:26PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Gleyber day: Torres' 5 RBIs lead surging Yanks over Jays 5-3
Gleyber Torres drove in all New York’s runs with a go-ahead, three-run homer off José Berríos in the fourth inning and a two-run single, leading the surging Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3  for their 15th win in 17 games
3:46PM ( 49 minutes ago )
Braves beat Riley, Cards defeat O'Neill in arbitration
The Atlanta Braves beat third baseman Austin Riley and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated outfielder Tyler O’Neill in the first salary arbitration decisions this year
3:37PM ( 59 minutes ago )
Nadal bounces back from loss to Alcaraz, beats Isner in Rome
Once is enough when it comes to beating Rafael Nadal on a clay court
3:25PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Judge hits 3-run HR in 9th to give Yanks 6-5 win over Jays
Aaron Judge hit a mammoth three-run drive in the ninth inning for his first walk-off home run in the major leagues to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays
1:18AM ( 15 hours ago )
Devers' slam leads Red Sox, clean-shaven Cora over Braves
Rafael Devers hit his first career grand slam and the last-place Boston Red Sox broke out for clean-shaven manager Alex Cora in a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves that ended a five-game skid
12:13AM ( 16 hours ago )
Angels lefty Reid Detmers has no-hitter thru 8 against Rays
Los Angeles Angels rookie Reid Detmers has a no-hitter through eight innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, a bid that survived a borderline error call in the seventh
11:58PM ( 16 hours ago )
AP Online Baseball
Austin Riley first of 4 champion Braves to go to arbitration
Third baseman Austin Riley became the first of four members of the World Series champion Atlanta Braves to go to a salary arbitration hearing, asking for $4.25 million rather than the team’s $3.95 million offer
6:04PM ( 22 hours ago )
Tigers find road to success at home, beat A's 6-0, end skid
The Detroit Tigers were the visiting team in their own ballpark in the opener of a unique doubleheader caused by Major League Baseball’s lockout, ending a 27-inning scoreless streak and a six-game skid with a 6-0 victory over the reeling Oakland Athletics
5:15PM ( 23 hours ago )
Minor league players, MLB reach deal in minimum wage suit
Minor league players and Major League Baseball have reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging teams violated minimum wage laws
4:24PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
Whitmore retires ex-MLBer as 1st woman pitcher in Atlantic
Kelsie Whitmore relieved for the Staten Island FerryHawks with the bases loaded and retired former major leaguer Ryan Jackson, becoming the first woman to pitch in the independent Atlantic League
10:27PM ( 6 days ago )
She's up! Whitmore 1st woman to start Atlantic League game
Kelsie Whitmore played left field and batted ninth for the Staten Island FerryHawks on Sunday, becoming the first woman to start a game in the Atlantic League and one of the first to do so in a league connected to Major League Baseball
9:51PM ( 1 week ago )
Rachel Balkovec cheered, wins debut managing Yanks affiliate
Rachel Balkovec was a winner as the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a Major League Baseball team
12:02AM ( 1 month ago )
AP Sports - Minor League Baseball
Man denies killing mother at sea to inherit family's estate
A 28-year-old man who was rescued from a raft off the coast of New England in 2016 after his boat sank has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed his mother at sea to inherit the family's estate
4:30PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Judge: Trump must pay $110K, meet conditions to end contempt
A New York judge says he will lift his contempt of court order issued against Donald Trump if the former president meets certain conditions
4:28PM ( 8 minutes ago )
High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs
Kendall Nunamaker and her family of five in Kennewick, Washington, faced impossible math this month: how do they pay for gas, groceries and their mortgage with inflation driving up prices
4:20PM ( 16 minutes ago )
For future with team, Nets want more commitment from Irving
Kyrie Irving may have to show the Brooklyn Nets he’s more than a great basketball player if he wants a future with the team
4:20PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Tech sector leads stocks lower as inflation remains high
Stocks fell on Wall Street Wednesday, led by more drops in technology companies, after a report on inflation came in worse than feared
4:05PM ( 31 minutes ago )