The players were off the field minutes before the game was about to begin, soon after the Giants held a positive test within the organization. He did not provide any further information. Clubs are not allowed to disclose the identity of someone who tests positive unless they give permission, but several sources confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area that it was a player who tested positive. The giants will now undergo contact tracing and additional tests.
“Following a positive test for COVID-19 at the San Francisco Giants organization, tonight’s and tomorrow’s games at Petco Park between the Giants and host San Diego Padres are excluded from an abundance of caution and additional testing and MLB said in a statement Friday night to allow, “to be contacted.” “Major League Baseball will continue to provide updates as needed.”
The Giants and Padres were set for the second of four games at Petco Park this weekend, but moments before the first pitch, players from both teams were told to stop warming. Giants general manager Scott Harris came out to talk to manager Gabby Kapler, who quickly went through the dugout to the bullpen and told the players that the game had been postponed.
Most veterans sat on the field along the third base line or leaned against the railing, as they waited for more information. Padre sprawled in the seats behind his dugout. Players began leaving the ballpark in street clothes soon after the official announcement of the postponement.
The Giants had not tested positive COVID-19 since July 6, when they were finishing the intake test for summer camp at Oracle Park. He made it through Summer Camp and 45 games without issue, and also did not do positive at his alternate venue in Sacramento.
Now, they are dealing with the same issue that has already shut down many other MLB teams. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals had an outbreak earlier this season, throwing out the entire MLB schedule for weeks. Recently, right-hander Daniel Mengden’s test at Oakland A was positive. They were closed for five days, postponing them for four days.
It is unclear what lies ahead for the Giants, as team officials said they would wait to address the media until Saturday, when more information was available. The Padres arrive at Oracle Park in the final weekend of the season, but it seems unlikely that either team will want to play three consecutive double headers just before the start of the postseason.
There is another option, which seems crazy at first, but may be the most realistic in an unprecedented season. The Giants are likely to be kept out of the games until at least Tuesday, when they visit the Seattle Mariners for a two-match series. The Giants, the Mariners and the Padres have been closed since Thursday, and the Padres begin a series in Seattle on Friday. If the coronoviruses were limited to only one giant and are soon allowed to resume their season, they could play a double player against the Padres in Seattle on Thursday.