The San Francisco Giants planned to hold their first modified scrimmage of the summer on Tuesday at Oracle Park, but the team announced it was temporarily suspending workouts pending coronavirus test results.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Giants players, coaches and staffers who were tested for COVID-19 on Saturday had not yet received results before Tuesday's practice was set to begin. Kapler said he anticipated the team would receive test Saturday's results later in the day on Tuesday, but a decision was made at noon to cancel team activities.
"I just maintain a level of empathy for everybody that's working really hard to get our camp up and running, but also across the league and for all the clubs that are working really hard to put their clubs in a position to have success," Kapler said.
The Giants join a growing list of teams that have had summer workouts interrupted due to testing issues across Major League Baseball. The list includes the Oakland Athletics, who were unable to conduct their first full squad workout until Monday evening after tests conducted on Friday weren't received by MLB's Salt Lake City lab that processes tests until Monday.
The Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros all canceled workouts Monday after issues with test results while the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Arizona Diamondbacks were forced to push workouts back several hours after players did not receive test results.
Kapler said he's staying optimistic that MLB can sort out widespread issues from the first week of conducting tests in the coming days.
"I feel as confident today as I did yesterday, I understand that there are going to be hiccups along the way," Kapler said. "I think our club does as well, our players and staff included in that. I still have confidence for sure."
MLB protocols call for players to be tested every two days and test results are expected to be received within 48 hours. Issues with conducting, shipping, receiving and processing tests affected many teams around the sport over the holiday weekend, but MLB issued a statement Monday noting that it does not expect the problems to persist.
"Our plan required extensive delivery and shipping services, including proactive special accommodations to account for the holiday weekend," the statement said. "The vast majority of those deliveries occurred without incident and allowed the protocols to function as planned. Unfortunately, several situations included unforeseen delays. We have addressed the delays caused by the holiday weekend and do not expect a recurrence. We commend the affected Clubs that responded properly by cancelling workouts."
The Giants also had personnel tested for the coronavirus on Monday and Kapler said his expectation is that those test results will be received by Wednesday. The first-year manager said he hopes to hold a workout on Wednesday and does not believe a day off will disrupt the team's preparation for an abbreviated regular season.