Major League Baseball players who test positive for COVID-19 and continue to test positive can apply to return to play in 10 days, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Players who request early reinstatement are likely allowed back after 14 days, even with continued positive tests, Heyman added. The MLB-MLBPA joint committee will need to approve any returns.
The league consulted Dr. Anthony Fauci, immunologist and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the new policy and the belief is the contagiousness of the virus dissipates over time.
The news comes in the wake of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals returning to play after having their seasons interrupted by an outbreak. While the clubs have resumed their respective campaigns, many of their players have been unable to return to the lineup.
Washington Nationals star Juan Soto had a positive test on Opening Day and missed two weeks of play despite being asymptomatic and continually testing negative in subsequent examinations.
MLB decided to go forward with a 60-game season beginning in late July that involved teams continuing to travel throughout the country, while the NBA and NHL opted to play in bubbles or hubs.