Cardinals' Jordan Hicks opts out of 2020 MLB season due to health concerns

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday that hard-throwing reliever Jordan Hicks is opting out of the 2020 MLB season due to health concerns. Hicks became the 13th player to publicly opt out of the season.

Hicks, 23, has Type 1 diabetes and is also recovering from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent in June of last year. He was expected to begin the 2020 season on the injured list. Hicks’ diabetes places him in the high-risk group regarding the novel coronavirus. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a junior in high school.

Hicks made a statement about his decision in a Twitter post:

“We respect and understand Jordan’s decision to opt out this season,” John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, said in a statement. “We wish him well

COVID-19's impact on MLB: Tracking positive cases and players who opted out of 2020 season

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Major League Baseball intends to play an abbreviated 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Following weeks of contentious negotiations between the league and the MLB Players Association, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred installed a 60-game season that is set to launch in less than two weeks, on July 23. Players started to report to a second spring training (aka “summer camp”) earlier this month.

Below we’ll be providing updates for each team with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and a list of players who have decided to sit out the 2020 season due to health concerns. Players started getting tested as they began to show up for “spring” training 2.0, and those tests are supposed to continue regularly throughout the season. However, the first weekend of training camps showed there are already some