The Twins conducted COVID-19 testing Sunday, and those tests were sent off to the Utah-based lab that Major League Baseball is working with. Another round of testing was to be administered on Tuesday, May 30. In total, 131 people — players, coaches and other staff members — will be tested this week, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. And then tested again repeatedly throughout the season.
Players will test positive around the country. Some Twins already have. It’s navigating that new normal that will be the challenge for MLB teams as they attempt to play through a global pandemic.
“The unknown is really what keeps everybody up at night one way or another regardless of what the specific discussion is,” manager Rocco Baldelli said during a Zoom call Monday.
The Twins will begin navigating that unknown this week. July 1 is the report date. The first team practice, Baldelli said, will take place on either Friday or Saturday, depending on when the first round of testing is completed and everyone has settled into place. At that point, Baldelli will address his team, likely using many phrases relating to health and safety that weren’t part of the daily lexicon in