Quarantined in Houston since Sunday, the A’s will return to the Bay Area instead of flying to Seattle as scheduled, leaving them with five games to make up in September if all missed games are played.
Oakland’s game Sunday at Houston was postponed after an A’s individual returned a positive result in testing conducted Friday. The traveling party was tested both Sunday and Monday while self-isolating in Houston and returned no additional positive results. Major League Baseball said in a statement that: “A’s personnel who have not been identified as close contacts have been approved to travel back to Oakland today.”
It was not immediately clear if the A’s would need to leave others in addition to the individual who tested positive behind in Houston to quarantine and for additional testing. Under MLB protocols an individual with a positive result must test negative twice in tests conducted at least 24 hours apart, and close contacts may also be required to test negative twice before traveling. The A’s have not said whether the person who tested positive is a player or staff member.
MLB, which had postponed the first two games of the A’s three-game series in Seattle on Monday, on Tuesday put the entire series on hold. The games have been rescheduledfor later this month: the A’s and Mariners will play doubleheaders in Seattle on Sept. 14 and in Oakland on Sept. 26.
The A’s also have a doubleheader scheduled at Texas on Sept. 12 and could make up Sunday’s postponed game against the Astros with a doubleheader during a four-game series between the teams in Oakland next week. As of now, the A’s would play a game at Texas on Sept. 13, fly to Seattle for a doubleheader on Sept. 14 and fly to Colorado to begin a two-game series Sept. 15.
Since Wednesday of last week, the A’s have played on just one day. Their games Thursday at Texas and Friday at Houston were postponed in demonstrations against racial injustice. They then played a doubleheader on Saturday against the Astros to make up Friday’s postponement, and lost both games.
The A’s are now scheduled to return to the field Friday in Oakland to begin a three-game series against the Padres.