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Reds announce two players in organization tested positive for COVID-19

Reds manager David Bell visits the mound to take out starter Luis Castillo in the fifth inning during a game against the Cardinals on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
Reds manager David Bell visits the mound to take out starter Luis Castillo in the fifth inning during a game against the Cardinals on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Team workouts start Friday

The Cincinnati Reds announced Thursday two players in the organization tested positive for COVID-19.

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The players were not named. According to the Reds, neither player lives in Cincinnati. They were tested outside Cincinnati. They are not in Cincinnati right now.

Reds players have been checking in for summer camp since last weekend with Wednesday being the final reporting date before the first team workouts Friday at Great American Ball Park and at Prasco Park in Mason. The Reds announced a 57-player roster Sunday, and 35 of those will train in Cincinnati.

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Manager David Bell held his first press conference in months Thursday morning, speaking to reporters via a Zoom video call from Great American Ball Park.

“There’s a lot of anxiety,” Bell said, “and just walking out on the field and being around a few of the players who are here today, it felt a lot better. We’re ready to go. A lot to think about. Just like everybody else, it’s like nothing we’ve been through before, but I do believe we’re going to be great in every aspect of it. There’s been a ton of planning that has gone on throughout the organization. We try to be ahead of everything. No doubt we’ll be surprised and have to respond, but we’re in as good a place as we can possibly be right now.”