OAKLAND, Calif. – Jake Diekman has serious questions about Major League Baseball's ability to pull off a season given the issues everywhere getting timely test results, forcing delays and cancellations of workouts.
For now, Diekman still plans to play. He must be extra careful given he has the autoimmune condition ulcerative colitis.
“Once the regular season hits there’s no way I’m opting out, but if they don’t get the testing figured out then this whole thing will get shut down,” Diekman said Tuesday. “During the season there’s no way we can go 72 hours or longer without knowing our result, there’s just no way. There’s no way that can possibly happen and this be safe for all 60, 70 days or whatever it is.”
The Oakland lefty said “I'm high risk so I'm going to have to speak out. I don't want to get sick” and represents others who must take added precautions because of an underlying condition.
“There's a little part in everyone's mind that thinks this whole thing's going to get shut down,” Diekman said. “I think everyone has a little bit of fear. They might not say it but there's a little bit of fear in everyone's head that that might happen, because if they don't get this figured out, you can't have teams not practicing a day or two in a row and they have two weeks until the regular season starts. There's just no way that should happen.
“If guys aren't thinking that way, I just feel like you need to be somewhat of a realist.”
Across San Francisco Bay, the Giants had to cancel their planned workout Tuesday at Oracle Park because results from tests administered Saturday hadn't been received. Manager Gabe Kapler was hopeful of getting his club back on the field Wednesday.
"Nobody expected this to be easy and everybody is doing the best that they can,” Kapler said.