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Giants suspend workouts at Oracle Park, hope to restart on Wednesday

Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News on

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"We had the ability to recognize that we weren't going to lose any development and our camp wasn't going to suffer in any way by making this decision on behalf of our group," Kapler said.

Several prominent MLB players have criticized the league's testing issues over the past 48 hours including Dodgers star Mookie Betts and Cubs slugger Kris Bryant.

After arriving at camp on Saturday, Giants catcher Buster Posey expressed initial concerns over the weekend about MLB's ability to provide players with a safe workspace and did not rule out the possibility of electing to sit out the season.

"I've thought about it and talked about it with my wife, quite a bit," Posey said. "I think there's still some reservation on my end. I think I want to see how things progress here over the next couple of weeks."

Despite postponing Tuesday's workout, Kapler indicated he does not believe any players in Giants camp will suddenly be swayed to leave camp out of concerns for their health and safety.

"We're dealing with so many players, we have varying levels of comfort or discomfort and look we stay in very close contact with our players," Kapler said. "I think most of the anxiety is just around COVID in general, but I don't think it's related in general, but I don't think it's related in any way to anything other than what society in general is experiencing."

The Giants announced Monday that "two individuals" in the organization tested positive for COVID-19, but the team did not specify whether the individuals were players, coaches or support staffers.

 

"We have several individuals responsible for conducting our contact tracing, we're taking that seriously and ensuring that our camp is as safe as possible," Kapler said.

Pitcher Luis Madero and 2019 first round draft choice Hunter Bishop are the only two players in the organization who have given the Giants consent to announce their positive coronavirus tests.

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