Mets' Bassitt: MLB should 'stop testing' for COVID

by Daryn Albert - 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 the league should "just stop testing."

New York Mets' Chris Bassitt says Major League Baseball should 'stop testing' for COVID-19 7:08 PM ET Associated Press 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 missed his scheduled start against Texas last Friday and only 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. "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.