Dodgers pitcher David Price, who opted out of the Major League Baseball season, called out league officials after more than a dozen members of the Marlins tested positive for coronavirus. Gregory Bull/Associated Press

When Dodgers and former Red Sox pitcher David Price announced on July 4 that he planned to sit out the 2020 season, he said the decision was “in the best interests of my health and my family’s health.”

If anything, the first few days of the delayed, abbreviated Major League Baseball season have only reinforced his doubts about baseball’s ability to make the game safe for players during the coronavirus pandemic.

After a COVID-19 outbreak on the Miami Marlins led to the postponement of two games on Monday and speculation about the future of the MLB season, Price called out Commissioner Rob Manfred.

“Now we REALLY get to see if MLB is going to put players health first,” Price tweeted. “Remember when Manfred said players health was PARAMOUNT?! Part of the reason I’m at home right now is because players health wasn’t being put first. I can see that hasn’t changed.”

More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia, the Associated Press reported. The Marlins’ home opener Monday against the Orioles was called off, as was the Yankees’ game the same day at the Phillies.

Price, who won the American League Cy Young Award with the Rays in 2012, was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers in February.


He made two spring-training starts for the Dodgers but has yet to pitch in a regular-season game. He has a $217 million, seven-year contract that runs through 2021.

“After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health for me to not play this season,” Price tweeted on July 4. “I will miss my teammates and will be cheering for them throughout the season and on to a World Series victory. I’m sorry I won’t be playing for you this year, but look forward to representing you next year.”

The Dodgers backed Price’s decision in a public statement.

“The Dodgers fully support David’s decision to sit out the 2020 season,” the statement read. “We have been in constant contact with David and we understand how much this deliberation weighed on him and his family. We know he’ll be rooting hard for the club every day and look forward to having him back with us in 2021.”

RANGERS: Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber could be done for the season after only one inning for the Texas Rangers.

He has a tear in a small muscle in his right shoulder that won’t require surgery, but even in the best-case scenario in this shortened season he won’t throw again for at least four weeks, which is when he will be evaluated again.


“It’s a blow, there’s no getting around it,” said Jon Daniels, the team president and general manager, who said Monday an MRI revealed a grade 2 tear. The 34-year-old right-hander will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection this week.

Kluber exited Sunday’s home game against Colorado after one scoreless inning with tightness behind his shoulder. It was his first start in the majors since May 1, 2019, when he broke his right forearm on a liner to the mound. He injured his side during rehab last summer.

WHITE SOX: Chicago Manager Rick Renteria will be kept away from the team pending the results of medical tests taken Monday. Before the team began a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians, General Manager Rick Hahn issued a statement saying Renteria woke up with a “slight cough and nasal congestion.”

Renteria, who has been with the White Sox since 2017, was taken to a Cleveland hospital for evaluation and tests.

Hahn said Renteria will stay at the team’s hotel and not manage until “we receive confirmation of today’s test result.” The team did not say if Renteria was being tested for the coronavirus.

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