Mets’ Bassitt wants MLB to end coronavirus testing


A frustrated 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 last Friday after complaining about sluggishness to team officials. The right-hander missed his start against Texas that night and rejoined 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.

“Stop testing it, stop acting like COVID is far worse than a lot of other things,” Bassitt exclaimed. “I’m not trying to get too much into it, but I was never sick. I never had a symptom.”

He noted that under MLB’s protocols, a positive test could mean ongoing testing that keeps an asymptomatic player out for an extended period. Bassitt said he was able to throw while he was away from the team, and also went for runs to stay in shape. Other than that, he says, he was cooped up inside while feeling well enough to pitch.

“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.

“I never felt worn down, so yeah, I feel normal,” he said.

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