May 17, 2021

Mets close minor league facility amid coronavirus fears (New York Post)

PORT ST. LUCIE — A chartered bus carrying several of the Mets’ minor league players departed from a back parking lot at the team’s spring training complex Sunday and won’t soon be returning.

In the latest measure to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Mets closed their minor league facility and sent players home. The shutdown came on the same day it was announced a Yankees minor league player had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The Mets are expected – per recommendation of MLB – to cease group activities for major league players who had chosen to stay behind for workouts. Several players were at the complex Sunday morning for such a voluntary workout, according to a person on the premises. Other players had already opted to depart for home or New York.

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An industry source indicated it’s likely group workouts will cease for at least two weeks. At that time the situation will be reevaluated, but with Opening Day on hold indefinitely there likely won’t be a rush. MLB originally had stated the start of the season would be delayed “at least two weeks.”

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