The latest on the coronavirus’ impact on the sport:
- Astros outfielder Myles Straw was scratched from this afternoon’s Cactus League game as part of the league’s health and safety protocols, Jake Kaplan of the Athletic was among those to relay. Another player in camp has a presumed positive COVID-19 test and Straw was removed as a close contact, writes Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
- Matt Barnes has tested positive for COVID-19, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced to reporters (including Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com and Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe) this morning. Barnes is currently asymptomatic, but he obviously won’t be available for Opening Day. Matt Andriese is among those who’ll be away from the team temporarily as a close contact. Barnes entered Spring Training competing with offseason trade acquisition Adam Ottavino for the closer role in Boston.