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COVID cases surge across the NBA, MLB, and even stadium workers as leagues rush to restart

Coronavirus cases continue to surge in the sports world ahead of professional leagues’ scheduled restarts as Colorado Rockies slugger Charlie Blackmon, Indiana Pacers guard Michael Brogdan, and 17 workers at Santa Anita horse track in California tested positive for the respiratory infection.

Meanwhile Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided to sit out the NBA’s upcoming restart at Disney World in Florida.

He told ESPN on Tuesday night that he wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a 6-year-old son with a history of respiratory illnesses. By sitting out, Bradley figures to lose a projected $650,000 in salary.

Colorado Rockies slugger Charlie Blackmon has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Indiana Pacers guard Michael Brogdan (with the ball) released a statement Wednesday saying he plans to rejoin his teammates for a playoff push when the NBA season restarts in Orlando next month

Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (pictured) has decided to sit out the NBA's upcoming restart at Disney World in Florida . He told ESPN on Tuesday night that he wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a 6-year-old son with a history of respiratory illnesses. By sitting out, Bradley figures to lose a projected $650,000 in salary

Indiana Pacers guard Michael Brogdan (left) released a statement Wednesday saying he plans to rejoin his teammates for a playoff push when the NBA season restarts in Orlando next month. Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (right) has decided to sit out the NBA’s upcoming restart at Disney World in Florida . He told ESPN on Tuesday night that he wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a 6-year-old son with a history of respiratory illnesses. By sitting out, Bradley figures to lose a projected $650,000 in salary

The Lakers are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference heading into the NBA’s 22-team restart set to begin in Orlando on July 30.

‘I can’t imagine making any decision that might put my family’s health and well-being at even the slightest risk,’ Bradley told ESPN. ‘As promised also, I will use this time away to focus on the formation of projects to help strengthen my communities.’

Brogdan released a statement Wednesday saying he plans to rejoin his teammates for a playoff push when the NBA season restarts in Orlando next month.

‘I’m doing well, feeling well and progressing well,’ Brogdan said in a statement.

And the same can be said for Denver Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic, who also tested positive and is quarantining in his native Serbia, according to the Associated Press.

ESPN and The Denver Post previously reported Jokic’s positive test, which came on the same day that another top Serbian athlete – Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player – revealed that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus.

Djokovic and Jokic were together at an event earlier this month, though it cannot be concluded it played in a role in the positive test of either athlete.

ESPN and The Denver Post previously reported Jokic's positive test, which came on the same day that another top Serbian athlete - Novak Djokovic (right), the world's top-ranked men's tennis player - revealed that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus. Djokovic and Jokic (left) were together at an event earlier this month, though it cannot be concluded it played in a role in the positive test of either athlete

ESPN and The Denver Post previously reported Jokic’s positive test, which came on the same day that another top Serbian athlete – Novak Djokovic (right), the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player – revealed that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus. Djokovic and Jokic (left) were together at an event earlier this month, though it cannot be concluded it played in a role in the positive test of either athlete

Blackmon’s positive test came a week before his birthday, July 1, the day players are set to begin reporting for the resumption of spring training.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred imposed a 60-game season Tuesday night after failed financial negotiations between owners and players. The season that’s been delayed by the pandemic will begin either July 23 or 24.

The Philadelphia Phillies have said seven players have tested positive for the virus without identifying any of them. The Detroit Tigers said Wednesday that one player who was living in Florida but not working out at the team’s spring training facilities in Lakeland also tested positive.

Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson asked on Twitter: 'What happens when we all get it?'

Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson asked on Twitter: ‘What happens when we all get it?’

‘They’re going through the process, obviously, of recovering as we speak,’ Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said. ‘It was just recently, a few days ago, so they’re still in the recovery stages, and at some point they’ll be tested again.’

Several other teams also have said they have players who have tested positive.

The Post reported Blackmon tested positive last week after workouts at Coors Field in Denver. The newspaper said the Rockies then closed the ballpark, following MLB protocol.

Many players around the majors have been working in recent weeks at either their home ballparks or their team’s complexes in Florida or Arizona. MLB closed all spring camp sites last Friday because of virus concerns.

‘What happens when we all get it?’ Milwaukee pitcher Brett Anderson tweeted Monday.

In this April 7, 2017, file photo, members of the Philadelphia Phillies stretch before the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia. Five players for the Philadelphia Phillies have tested positive for COVID-19 at the team's spring camp in Florida, prompting the club to indefinitely close the complex. The team also said Friday that three staff members at the camp have tested positive. The club didn't identify any of those affected

In this April 7, 2017, file photo, members of the Philadelphia Phillies stretch before the team’s baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia. Five players for the Philadelphia Phillies have tested positive for COVID-19 at the team’s spring camp in Florida, prompting the club to indefinitely close the complex. The team also said Friday that three staff members at the camp have tested positive. The club didn’t identify any of those affected

Santa Anita had 17 people test positive for the coronavirus during its recently completed meet, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said. The Arcadia racetrack was on Monday's list of nonresidential settings with five or more confirmed cases of the disease

Santa Anita had 17 people test positive for the coronavirus during its recently completed meet, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said. The Arcadia racetrack was on Monday’s list of nonresidential settings with five or more confirmed cases of the disease

Santa Anita had 17 people test positive for the coronavirus during its recently completed meet, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said.

The Arcadia, California racetrack was on Monday’s list of nonresidential settings with five or more confirmed cases of the disease. The list includes food and retail stores, meat processing plants and educational settings. The track’s meet ended Sunday.

The list also included SoFi Stadium, the under-construction NFL stadium in Inglewood, California. It had 16 confirmed positive tests and two that involved non-confirmed symptomatic staff. The stadium, which will host the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams, is scheduled to open August 14.

The health department said the data is dynamic and may not reflect real-time investigation counts for the locations.

Santa Anita closed to the public on March 13. A week later, all non-essential personnel were prohibited. The health department shut down racing on March 27, although training was allowed to continue.

The health department allowed the track to resume racing on May 15. The track housed jockeys in trailers in the parking lot during race days and they were tested regularly.

SoFi Stadium, the under-construction NFL stadium in Inglewood, California, had 16 positive tests and two others that involved non-confirmed symptomatic staff. The stadium, which will host the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams, is scheduled to open August 14

SoFi Stadium, the under-construction NFL stadium in Inglewood, California, had 16 positive tests and two others that involved non-confirmed symptomatic staff. The stadium, which will host the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams, is scheduled to open August 14

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