The Houston Astros have placed Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado and Robel Garcia on the injured list "as a result of health and safety protocols," the club has announced.
James Click said he couldn't say whether a player had tested positive for COVID-19 or had been exposed to someone who had. He said the length of each player's absence would be determined by contact testing that is being performed.
He also said the moves were not a function of the players breaking COVID-19 protocols.
"Absolutely not. The guys have been exceptionally vigilant of making sure that at the ballpark, away from the ballpark, they're following the rules," Click told reporters. "I think this is just another reflection of the situation we're in, not just in baseball but in the country."