Astros' George Springer before playoff game against Yankees.
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) hits during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

This is becoming somewhat of a major issue with the truncated 2020 MLB season now slated to start in just over a week.

It’s not that a high percentage of players have tested positive for COVID-19. Rather, it’s all about the delay in test results.

The Houston Astros continue to be among those most impacted by delayed results.

Astros cancel workout, George Springer COVID-19 test results delayed

As the report notes, this comes after fellow star Alex Bregman missed a workout last week while awaiting test results.

These issues are not limited to the sports world. There’s a major backlog when it comes to receiving results. Some states are seeing up to 10 business days between initial COVID-19 tests and the ensuing results from said tests. It makes everything more difficult, especially when it comes to contract tracing.

As for Major League Baseball, teams are growing increasingly frustrated due to the delayed results. It really doesn’t do anything to help prevent the spread of the virus within the confines of baseball if it’s taking several days to get results back.

MLB Opening Day coming up quick

The New York Yankees will head to D.C. to take on the defending champion Washington Nationals a week from Thursday.

That game will be followed by a divisional matchup between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a season-opening doubleheader on July 23.

At this point, there’s no indication that the start of the 60-game season will be postponed any further. With that said, this trend is becoming troubling.

Houston is slated to open its season July 24 at home against the Seattle Mariners.

Vincent Frank
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