Negative COVID-19 test for New York Mets employee Donovan Mitchell Sr., whose NBA son is positive

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Donovan Mitchell Sr., the Mets’ director of player relations and community engagement, tested negative for coronavirus, the team announced on Friday night.

His son, Donovan Mitchell, is one of two Utah Jazz NBA stars who tested positive for COVID-19.

Among other things, Donovan Mitchell Sr. helps the Mets coordinate player appearances and special visits and has been in Port St. Lucie throughout parts of spring training. 

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will hold a conference call at noon ET on Saturday with members of the media to provide updates. It is assumed that he will discuss the team’s plan of action. 

Among the topics likely to be included:

  • Are players and staff staying at the spring training complex? 
  • What did MLB tell the Mets about the two-week delay and when the schedule might be picked up? 
  • How will the Mets keep their players ready during this layoff? 

COVID-19 has shut down sports. On Thursday, MLB became the latest league to suspend operations — it canceled the remainder of spring training and delayed the start of the regular season by two weeks. 

The Mets last played on Wednesday. It is unknown when they will play again. 

Some clubs have already held conference calls to discuss the issues caused by this unprecedented time in sports and how they plan to handle. The Yankees had one on Friday. 

Yankees players opted to remain in Florida at this time. General manager Brian Cashman, when meeting with the team, ran through three options. 

Stay in Tampa, where the club will provide facilities to work out. 

Leave camp and return home. 

Go to the major-league city to continue workouts at the big-league park. 

Manager Aaron Boone, his staff and the club’s conditioning and athletic training staff will remain at the spring training site, too. 

Van Wagenen on Saturday will discuss the Mets’ plans in this time of uncertainty. 

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