The Houston Astros are continuing their daily Summer Camp training workouts at Minute Maid Park and the University of Houston in preparation for a 60-game season that will start July 24 if it isn’t hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday the team took batting practice at Minute Maid with Latin music pulsating in the background and while sweltering without the air conditioning turned on. Absent from the workout were pitching coach Brent Strom and several of the team’s premier pitchers. On Saturday camp was canceled after a staff member who worked around the pitchers’ dressing area reported a potential exposure to COVID-19. As a precaution, Strom and the staff were tested and await the results.
“As part of MLB’s testing and reporting plan, we were alerted that a staff member was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization,” the team said in a statement Saturday. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have cancelled today’s workout. We are working closely with MLB and our team physicians to follow the established testing and cleaning protocols so that we can safely bring our players and staff back to the field as soon as possible.”
In the meantime, the rest of the team took batting practice and did other workouts Sunday.
The Astros placed pitchers Jose Urquidy, Cionel Pérez, Ralph Garza, and Shawn Dubin and designated hitter Yordan Alvarez on the 10-day injured list Monday.
The Astros will open the season Friday, July 24, at home against the Seattle Mariners. As of now, fans will not be allowed at the games.