As the Blue Jays were to begin training camp workouts in Toronto on Monday, the team was short an undisclosed number of players.
A source confirmed to The Toronto Sun that one player on the Toronto roster recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and as a result did not board the team charter for a light to Toronto on Sunday night.
As an added precaution, the source said other players who had been in close contact with the individual who tested positive remained in Florida as well. Those players will be monitored and once they record two negative tests for the virus will make the trip on another Jays charter.
The development, first reported by ESPN’S Jeff Passan, is the second incident of COVID-19 positives for the Jays, who also had a number of players and staff shut down with the virus late last month. Jays players gathered at their spring training home in Dunedin, Fla. last week where intake testing was done for the virus. A charter from Florida transported several players, coaches and support staff here on Sunday night.
The team is under a strict quarantine protocol at the Rogers Centre after receiving approval from provincial and federal officials and health authorities to stage their training camp at their home stadium.
Under the plan, the team is staying at a hotel attached to the stadium itself and players will not be allowed to exit the building before breaking for the proposed start of the regular season on July 24th.
The Jays club policy is to not reveal the name of any who test positive for the virus unless the player agrees to allow it. Several teams across Major League Baseball have identified players who have contracted it.
It is unclear how many Jays players from the announced 60-man roster were participating in initial workouts at the downtown Toronto dome. For the first two days of camp, media has been denied access to the stadium.
Meanwhile, the Jays schedule will be revealed later today when MLB releases the itinerary for all 30 teams. The Jays have yet to receive government approval to play their 30 home games at the Rogers Centre and are keeping TD Ballpark in Dunedin as their backup.