Donovan Mitchell Sr. is the Mets’ director of player relations and community outreach. The younger Mitchell confirmed Thursday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. On Wednesday, Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, and Gobert’s result prompted the league to suspend the season.
The elder Mitchell was tested Thursday, and a negative result was received Friday night, the Mets said in a statement.
“We all were very pleased and happy for Donovan and his family,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Saturday on a conference call with reporters from the team’s spring training home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. “And I know there was a sigh of relief to a degree of our players and staff here.”
Van Wagenen said no other members of the staff in Port St. Lucie or baseball operations had been tested.
With spring training adjourned all around the majors due to the COVID-19 crisis, the club met Saturday morning with players who were still in Port St. Lucie and encouraged them to focus not…