7 Guardians coaching staff members in MLB Health and Safety protocols after ‘multiple positive COVID-19 tests’

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches from the dugout in the fourth inning of a...
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches from the dugout in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Cleveland. The Indians won 10-1. (AP Photo/David Dermer)(WIBW)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 8:24 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Guardians released the members of the Major League Coaching Staff that are in MLB Health and Safety protocols after Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox was postponed as a result of numerous COVID-19 cases.

The postponement allowed additional time to perform more testing and contact tracing, especially with no games scheduled for Thursday.

Manager Terry Francona was among those to test positive, according to reports.

On Wednesday, a team spokesperson said there were “multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Cleveland Guardians organization.”

Aside from Francona, here are the members listed by the Guardians:

  • Bench Coach DeMarlo Hale
  • Hitting Coach Chris Valaika
  • Assistant Pitching Coach Joe Torres
  • First Base Coach Sandy Alomar
  • Third Base Coach Mike Sarbaugh
  • Major League Hitting Analyst Justin Toole

Cleveland Guardians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti shared the following statement on May 12:

“As a result of recent events, numerous members of our Major League coaching staff are currently in MLB Health and Safety protocols.  We continue to test team personnel and conduct contract tracing for the affected individuals. Carl Willis will serve as acting manager this weekend in Minneapolis and will be supported by other individuals throughout the organization until the members of our coaching staff are able to rejoin the team.”

The postponed game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 23.

The regularly scheduled game will be at 7:15 p.m. that day.

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