As the Brewers begin Summer Camp at Miller Park today, manager Craig Counsell says the team had no new additional cases of COVID-19 after intake screening.
That’s good news, but Counsell also says not all 45 current members of the roster will be available after previously testing positive for the virus.
#Brewers manager Craig Counsell says the team had no positives on intake COVID testing but due to previous positives "we will not be at full strength."— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 4, 2020
A couple weeks ago, the Brewers did say they had a “small number” of positive cases, but wouldn’t specify whether they were players, staff or other employees.
#Brewers Craig Counsell said it's important that no player should feel shame if he gets COVID through sheer bad luck while trying to be responsible: "You could just be unlucky. How we treat guys who do unfortunately test positive I think it's gonna be important as well."— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 4, 2020
According to the league’s COVID-19 protocols, players who test positive for the virus have to test negative twice in a 24-hour period to lessen the possibility of false negative tests that could lead to further outbreaks.
At this point, we don’t know who the players who have tested positive are. We could keep an eye out for who lands on the 10-day Injured List in the next few days, but those won’t necessarily be specified as COVID-related unless the player clears the release of that information.
Across the league, there have been some notable cases, including in Atlanta, where old friend Will Smith and All-Star Freddie Freeman are among the early positive cases.