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A's reveal Mengden was positive virus test; Minor activated

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A's general manager David Forst revealed Thursday to Bay Area reporters that pitcher Daniel Mengden has been placed on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus last week. Pitcher Mike Minor will take Mengden's spot of the active roster. 

Mengden tested positive on Aug. 28 in Houston. The 27-year-old is a Houston native and is self-quarantining at his home. Forst clarified Mengden is asymptomatic. 

"He feels fine," Forst said. "I spoke with him the day after, I've texted with him since, including last night when he gave us permission to say he was the one with the test. He continues to be asymptomatic and feel good." 

The A's game Sunday in Houston was postponed as a result of Mengden's positive test. That game is being made-up Tuesday, Sept. 8, with a doubleheader in Oakland. The A's and Astros will play two seven-inning games, with each team being the home team in one of the games. 

Manager Bob Melvin assured reporters Wednesday that no A's players or staff members broke MLB's coronavirus protocols in Texas. Forst doubled down on those statements. 

"I will echo what Bob said. There was no breaking of protocols here, and that's frankly what's so scary about this virus, is that we don't know where he got it. I think what we've learned through the five days since is that hopefully we've done a really good job of following the protocols with guys wearing their masks, keeping their distance in clubhouses and other places, and so far we haven't had another positive test. 

 

"A lot of credit goes to our group that was traveling for hopefully keeping their distance and doing the right things." 

This is not the first time the A's have dealt with a positive coronavirus test this year. Fellow pitcher Jesús Luzardo also tested positive before arriving in A's Summer Camp. Like Luzardo, Mengden will have to provide two negative tests in the next 14 days. 

"For now, we're just focusing on him remaining at home, isolating and continuing to feel good," Forst said.

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Mengden has appeared in four games this season, making four starts. He's 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. 

Minor was acquired from the Texas Rangers before Monday's MLB trade deadline. The veteran lefty has experience as a starter and reliever, and certainly will be needed as the A's are set to play 10 games in seven days starting Sept. 8. Minor has a 5.60 ERA in seven starts this season, but shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers over six innings in his most recent start.