COVID-19 protocols sideline more Astros players

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Five days before breaking camp, the Astros are again saddled with COVID-19 concerns, stalling construction of their opening day roster and inviting worry whether their starting center fielder will be available for the season-opener.

Myles Straw, Abraham Toro and Garrett Stubbs are away from the club due to what the team is calling “health and safety protocols.” On Saturday, a person with knowledge of the team’s situation told the Chronicle there is a presumed positive test keeping the trio in isolation and, possibly, off of the opening day roster.

On Sunday, manager Dusty Baker said the team hoped Straw, Stubbs and Toro could be cleared by Monday or Tuesday. Baker also acknowledged opening day could be in jeopardy for all three.

“It’s always a possibility, yeah,” Baker said when asked if the trio could miss opening day. “But don’t speculate. We’re hoping to find out tomorrow or Tuesday.”

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