Team A announced this evening that they have fielded six players – Musk Austin Allenhackers good lori And Chad Benderjugs AJ BookAnd Le Trevino And Kirby Snead On the list of those infected with Covid-19. interfering Nick Allen And Christian Lopez and loyal Sam Salman They have been added to the list as alternatives to COVID.
Austin Allen, Snead and Buck were already on the banned list. That’s the measure for players who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 for teams traveling to Toronto, where the A’s series played over the weekend. They weren’t counting against the 40-man roster at that point, which is why Oakland only offered three substitutions today after losing Lowry, Bender and Trevino.
It is not clear if the trio of players tested positive or whether they came out due to viral symptoms or contact tracing measures. They join a defensive player Stephen Biscotti on COVID IL, where it landed last Friday. Under League 2022 health and safety protocols, players who test positive are subject to a 10-day absence from the club, although they can be brought back in less time if the player has gone 24 hours or more without a fever. A pair of negative PCR tests, approved by the panel physician and the MLB/MLBPA Joint Committee (a panel of one union-appointed physician and one union-appointed physician). Players who have symptoms but have not been tested positive can return in a shorter time if symptoms subside.
Nick Allen, Lopes and Selman join the active list as “alternate players”. Team A would be able to get them back to Triple-A Las Vegas without having to pass Lopes or Selman—neither of whom was on the 40-man roster—through concessions. At least the three players will get a major league appearance in the next few days as the first player plays without some regular players due to health and safety protocols.
Allen will make his Major League debut if/when he enters a match. In the third round of high school in San Diego in 2017, he signed a $2 million plus bonus and has been one of the top prospects in the Oakland system since. Allen has appeared on Baseball America’s top 30 Class A agricultural workers list every year since he was drafted, and is currently ranked seventh in the organizational ranking. BA put a rare 80 score on his short defense this winter, writing that Allen could be a Gold Glove-caliber defender in the toughest position.
Listed at just 5’8, 166 pounds, the Allen isn’t expected to offer much from a power perspective. However, if he meets expectations defensively, he won’t need to make much of an impact at the board to be a viable regular player. Allen has also recorded a below-average strike rate in every minor stop in the league, and has gotten off to a good start in 12 games with Las Vegas. Even if his current promotion is held for a while, he might take down the veteran Elvis Andrews sometime this year. Andrus hasn’t done much offensive tackle over the past few seasons, although he’s done very well in the first two weeks of this year.
Lopez is also ready for his first MLB call. The 29-year-old has played ten minor league seasons since being selected in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. Lopes, a right-handed hitter, has a .265/.364/.422 streak in parts of five Triple-A campaigns. He has appeared in the Blue Jays Farms, Rangers and Diamondbacks systems and signed a minor league contract with Oakland in off last season. He has experience in all four of the field positions and mine is off the field, with the vast majority of that time coming at second base.
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