No more positive COVID-19 tests but A’s games postponed through Wednesday

No more positive COVID-19 tests but A’s games postponed through Wednesday

After the A’s had their game at Houston on Sunday postponed by a positive COVID-19 test, the team received at least some good news Monday.

The rest of Oakland’s traveling party tested negative, sources told The Chronicle, and the team underwent more testing Monday and must await results from that second round of tests before leaving quarantine in Houston. The A’s announced that their series at Seattle will be postponed through Wednesday, leaving the team looking at a minimum of three doubleheaders in September if MLB decides all of the games must be made up.

The individual who tested positive, under the MLB protocols for 2020, likely will remain behind to quarantine and for additional testing. A player with a positive test must test negative twice, with tests administered at least 24 hours apart. Close contacts of an individual who tests positive also might be required to test negative twice before being cleared for traveling.

Oakland, which leads the Astros by 2½ games in the AL West, had been scheduled to open a three-game series at Seattle on Tuesday. The team had postponements Thursday and Friday as first the A’s and then the Astros decided against taking the field in order to make a statement about police brutality and racial injustice. After Houston swept a doubleheader Saturday, Sunday’s game was postponed by Oakland’s positive COVID-19 result based on testing completed Friday.

Including Tuesday and Wednesday’s games, that’s five postponements in one week, with only one makeup game completed. The team could play a doubleheader at Seattle on Thursday, but Oakland faces the Mariners only once more: at the Coliseum in the final series of the season. Depending on the standings at that point, there is the potential the game might not need to be made up.

The A’s will play a doubleheader against the Rangers on Sept. 12 to make up for last Thursday’s game, and they’re likely to play two against Houston sometime during the four-game series at the Coliseum next week, the last time the A’s see the Astros in the regular season.

The A’s unexpected time off might help in one respect: shortstop Marcus Semien missed the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader with left-side soreness. An MRI that night showed no major injury and The Chronicle learned he doesn’t have an oblique strain and isn’t expected to go on the injured list, With the team sidelined until at least Thursday, Semien will have longer to heal.

On Monday, the team took utility player Chad Pinder, who can fill in at shortstop if needed, off the paternity list and sent outfielder Seth Brown back to the taxi squad and the team’s alternate site.

Susan Slusser covers the A’s for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @susanslusser

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