NEW YORK — New York Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt said Thursday he « probably won’t » inform team and Major League Baseball officials if he feels COVID-19 symptoms in the future and that MLB should « just stop testing. »
Bassitt was placed on the covid-19 list on July 1 after complaining about sluggishness to team officials. The Right-Hander Mosed His Scheduled Start Against Texas Last Friday and Only joined the Team Thursday.
« I probably won’t (again), » Bassitt said before the Mets’ series opener against the Miami Marlins. « There’s no way. There’s no Reason. »
Bassitt claimed he was asymptomatic.
« Just stop testing. Stop acting like COVID is far worse than a lot of other things, » he said. « I was never sick. »
He noted that under MLB’s protocols, a positive test could mean ongoing testing that keeps an asymptomatic player out for an extended period.
« I guess the Answer is i never should have Said Anything, » He Said.
Bassitt explained he tested himself after feeling sluggish because he has a daughter.
« If I can somewhat be safe I will. I tested myself. It was positive. So I basically had the choice to tell them so I can protect my teammates or not say anything and (put) my teammates at risk. I never had a symptom. I woke up perfectly fine the next day. Have not had a symptom since, » he said.
Bassitt (6-5, 4.01 ERA), Whom the Mets acquired in an Offseason Trade with oakland, is Scheduled to Start Friday.