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Teams can’t dis­close play­ers who have virus

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Try­ing to find out the sta­tus of a base­ball player com­ing back from an an­kle in­jury will def­i­nitely be eas­ier than learn­ing whether some­one tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus.

Cubs gen­eral man­ager Jed Hoyer said that, under the Health In­surance Porta­bil­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Act (HIPAA), teams are not al­lowed to di­vulge the names of any player who tests pos­i­tive.

“We’re al­lowed to talk about num­bers, but we’re not al­lowed to give in­di­vid­ual names,” Hoyer told ESPN. “It’s up to those in­di­vid­u­als to de­cide if they want to an­nounce it. As a group, with the me­dia, we’re going to have some con­ver­sa­tions about what we can talk about and what we can’t talk about. We’re not at lib­erty to say which in­jured list a player is placed on.”

The fed­eral law re­strict­ing re­lease of med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion with­out a pa­tient’s con­sent or knowl­edge means that only play­ers can re­veal their pos­i­tive test sta­tus.

Mi­nor leagues can­cel sea­sons

Base­ball’s mi­nor leagues can­celed their sea­sons be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, and the head of their gov­ern­ing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in dan­ger of fail­ing with­out gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance or pri­vate eq­uity in­jec­tions.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Base­ball Leagues, the mi­nor league gov­ern­ing body, made the long-ex­pected an­nounce­ment.

“We are a fans-in-the-stands busi­ness. We don’t have na­tional TV rev­enues,” Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Pat O’Con­ner said dur­ing a dig­i­tal news con­fer­ence. “There was a con­ver­sa­tion at one point: Well, can we play with­out fans? And that was one of the short­est con­ver­sa­tions in the last six months. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Oh­tani to re­sume two-way role

Sho­hei Oh­tani will re­sume his two-way ca­reer with the An­gels when base­ball re­turns. Oh­tani was only a des­ig­nated hit­ter last sea­son af­ter un­der­go­ing Tommy John surgery. He wasn’t ex­pected to pitch in 2020 un­til at least May, and An­gels GM Billy Ep­pler con­firmed that the coro­n­avirus pan­demic hasn’t al­tered the An­gels’ plans.

Tigers give Torkel­son record deal

No. 1 over­all draft pick Spencer Torkel­son and the Tigers agreed to a mi­nor-league con­tract, and the team said the in­fielder will join its player pool for this ab­bre­vi­ated sea­son. The sign­ing bonus in­cluded with the deal, ac­cord­ing to MLB.com, is a record $8,416,300.

A’s send Ma­teo to Padres

The Padres ac­quired speedy mid­dle in­fielder Jorge Ma­teo from the Ath­let­ics in the first trade since the ros­ter freeze was lifted last week.

 ?? AP ?? Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said teams aren’t al­lowed to iden­tify play­ers who test pos­i­tive.
AP Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said teams aren’t al­lowed to iden­tify play­ers who test pos­i­tive.

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