Bryant Bashes MLB's Lax COVID-19 Testing Protocol

Kris Bryant doesn't feel safe or comfortable in MLB's current environment.

Bruce Levine
July 06, 2020 - 1:37 pm
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(670 The Score) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and others within the organization are upset with what they view as a lack of consistent and timely coronavirus testing by MLB early on in the return-to-play plan.

Under the protocols that were agreed to by MLB and the players' union, coronavirus testing was supposed to be conducted every other day for MLB players and individuals deemed to be first tier of the process.

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That hasn't been the case for many teams, including the Cubs.

"We have had guys that showed up here on Sunday (June 28) and hadn't gotten tested again until seven days later," Bryant said. "And then you don't get the results for two days either. So that's nine days without knowing. If we are want this to succeed, we are going to have to figure it out."

Bryant isn't planning to opt out of playing in 2020 at this time, but he expressed his discomfort. 

"I wanted to play this year because I felt it would be safe and I would feel comfortable," Bryant said. "But honestly, I don't really feel that way. Which is why I am really trying to keep my distance from everybody, wear a mask and hope we can get this thing going. If we want it to happen and we want it to go smoothly, this should be the easy part. When we are on airplanes, in hotels, getting room service, who knows what people are doing. That goes for the other teams too. If we can't nail the easy part -- which is right now -- we have a big hill to climb.

"I know there's going to be hiccups, but you just can't hiccup with this. It can be just one day that ruins everything."

At this rate, Bryant isn't fully convinced that MLB will finish its 60-game season and playoffs.

"This is not guaranteed that we are going to play or finish the season," he said. "I think everyone involved kind of knows that and is aware of that. You would be foolish not to think that. There is something out there that is tough to control. If we do all we can to control it in our environment, we have a better chance."

Other Cubs players hold the same view, Bryant said. Nonetheless, he isn't planning to leave camp.

"I just couldn't do that," Bryant said of stepping away from the Cubs during the pandemic. "I am going to do everything I can to stay. I will try to stay healthy and lead by example as well as encourage people to do the right thing. If there is a baseball season, I ought to be out there."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.