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Date Player
7/15/2020 Willie Calhoun, Tex, LF
Calhoun is expected to miss the start of the season because of a hip strain, a setback for the Rangers left fielder who was ready to play after recovering from a broken jaw sustained in a spring training game more than four months ago.

Analysis: The Rangers acquired Calhoun three years ago in a midseason trade that sent pitcher Yu Darvish to the Dodgers. Calhoun hit .269 with 21 homers and 48 RBIs in 83 games last season, and became the primary left fielder when the Rangers traded outfielders Delino DeShields Jr. and Nomar Mazara over the winter.
7/15/2020 Robinson Chirinos, Tex, C
Chirinos could miss the start of the season because of an injured right ankle sustained in an intrasquad game Monday night. Manager Chris Woodward said Tuesday night that Chirinos was probably better than anticipated a day after getting hurt, but that it was still unclear how long the catcher would be out. The season opener is July 24 at home against Colorado.

Analysis: Chirinos returned to the Rangers as a free agent after one season away, spending last season with the AL champion Houston Astros. He previously played for the Rangers from 2013-18.
7/14/2020 Byron Buxton, Min, CF
Buxton has a sprained left foot but no structural damage, further testing revealed Tuesday following his injury in an intrasquad game. The Twins said Buxton's status would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

Analysis: Buxton's promising career has been curtailed by a long list of injuries. Last September, the second overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft had surgery to repair a damaged labrum in his left shoulder. Only once in five years has Buxton played more than 92 games for the Twins.
7/14/2020 Anthony Rizzo, ChC, 1B
Rizzo is tracking pitches and doing strength and stability exercises while he waits for his ailing back to calm down, and he doesn't think he will need to begin the year on the injured list. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on his left side that is causing spasms - a condition he has dealt with before in his career.

Analysis: Any prolonged absence for Rizzo would be a big blow for the Cubs. The three-time All-Star, who is expected to bat second in the order, hit .293 with 27 homers and 94 RBIs last year. Kris Bryant and Victor Caratini are the top choices to fill in at first base if Rizzo is unavailable at the beginning of the year.
7/14/2020 Christian Walker, Ari, 1B
Walker has been dealing with a right groin strain so it's looking very likely that he won't be ready for opening day.

Analysis: Walker broke out last season with 29 homers, 73 RBIs and 86 runs over 152 games as Arizona's first baseman.
7/13/2020 Chase Anderson, Tor, P
Anderson has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, putting his availability for the start of the season at risk.

Analysis: Oblique strains are usually multi-week injuries, so it would be hard to count on Anderson being ready when the Blue Jays open up the shortened season later this month. The right-hander went 8-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 32 games (27 starts) for the Brewers in 2019 and was slated for a spot in Toronto's rotation.
7/13/2020 Yordan Alvarez, Hou, LF
Alvarez, who has yet to report to Astros' camp for undisclosed reasons, has been placed on the 10-day injured list.

Analysis: Alvarez, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, and pitcher Jose Urquidy are not with the team for what manager Dusty Baker said was a "condition that is preventing them from reporting to the field." It's not known, but certainly possible, that the outfielder has tested positive for COVID-19. Either way, it's not looking likely at this point that Alvarez will be ready for Houston's July 24 opener.
7/12/2020 Yoán Moncada, CWS, 2B
Moncada (undisclosed) has been placed on the 10-day injured list

Analysis: Moncada hit .315 with 25 homers and 79 RBIs in 132 games last season.
7/12/2020 Aroldis Chapman, NYY, P
Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman ''overall is doing well'' but ''will not be here for the foreseeable future.''

Analysis: The Yankees will open their regular season against the World Series champion Nationals on July 23. If Chapman isn't back by then, Boone said left-hander Zack Britton would be a ''natural guy'' to replace him, but a formal decision hasn't been made.
7/10/2020 Michael Kopech, CWS, P
Kopech has opted not to play this season. The team had said Kopech was dealing with a personal issue.

Analysis: Kopech is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance. Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 26 and likely would have opened the year in the minors had the season started on time. He made his big league debut in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in four starts.
7/10/2020 Buster Posey, SF, C
Posey decided to opt out of the 2020 season Friday out of health concerns for his newly adopted twin baby girls during the coronavirus pandemic. Posey is one of the most prominent players to opt out of the season as a six-time All-Star, the 2012 NL MVP and a three-time World Series champion.

Analysis: He batted a career-low .257 last season and has just 12 homers in 803 at-bats the last two years combined.
7/8/2020 Eduardo Rodriguez, Bos, P
Rodriguez, recovering from a bout with the coronavirus, will open the season on the injured list.

Analysis: Rodriguez, a 19-game winner last season, has not participated in team workouts during his period in quarantine and will need some additional time to get ready. Expect the left-hander back in early August. Rodriguez had been slated to be Boston's opening day starter with Chris Sale recovering from Tommy John surgery.
7/7/2020 Nick Markakis, Atl, RF
Markakis opted out of the 2020 season on Monday due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Analysis: Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season. He follows right-hander Felix Hernandez, the former Cy Young winner with Seattle who was competing for a rotation spot before opting out on Sunday. The 36-year-old Markakis said Monday he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever.
7/7/2020 Joey Gallo, Tex, LF
Gallo joined the Texas Rangers for the first time at summer camp Friday after missing the first week of workouts because he had tested positive for coronavirus. Gallo never felt any symptoms, but had two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. He was cleared to return after multiple negative tests this week.

Analysis: Gallo had 22 homers and a .253 average in 70 games last season, when he was an All-Star before right wrist surgery.
7/7/2020 Kole Calhoun, Ari, RF
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says Calhoun has tested positive for COVID-19.

Analysis: Lovullo added that Calhoun is asymptomatic and feels good. The 32-year-old Calhoun signed a $16 million, two-year deal in the offseason after playing his first eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. He hit a career-high 33 homers last season and is expected to bat in the middle of Arizona's lineup in 2020.
7/5/2020 Héctor Neris, Phi, P
Neris is one of four Phillies players placed on the 10-day injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Analysis: It's unclear if the Phillies' expected closer has been experiencing symptoms, or if he'll be ready to go for the planned start of the season later this month. Neris saved a career-high 34 games and struck out 89 batters in 67.2 innings in 2019.
7/5/2020 Scott Kingery, Phi, SS
Kingery is one of four Phillies players placed on the 10-day injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Analysis: It's unclear if Kingery has experienced symptoms, and his availability for the delayed season is uncertain as well. He's slated to be the Phillies' everyday third baseman after recording 19 homers, 55 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 126 games in 2019.
7/5/2020 Jose Urquidy, Hou, P
Astros manager Dusty Baker said Urquidy is currently not with the team due to an "undisclosed condition."

Analysis: That could be code for COVID-19, though that's purely speculation. Urquidy impressed in limited action as a rookie last season, posting a 3.95 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in seven starts and two relief appearances, and was in line for a rotation spot when MLB suspended spring training back in March.
7/5/2020 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P
Tanaka remains a concern for the start of the season as he recovers from a concussion.

Analysis: Tanaka was hit on the side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on July 4. He has been throwing on flat ground and Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he had a date in mind for a bullpen session, which he did not announce. Tanaka would then have to progress to batting practice.
7/5/2020 Will Smith, Atl, P
Smith has tested positive for the coronavirus but said he is not experiencing any symptoms.

Analysis: Smith, who signed a three-year, $39 million contract with Atlanta in the offseason after saving a career-high 34 games for the Giants in 2019, should be fine for the start of the delayed season if he remains asymptomatic. The left-hander figures to mainly be used in a setup role with the Braves but would be first in line for save chances should Mark Melancon get hurt or struggle.
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