The outbreak of COVID-19 within the Mariners organization continues to grow with each day.
Shortly before manager Scott Servais’ daily pregame media session, the team announced that he, third-base coach Manny Acta and pitcher Paul Sewald had tested positive Wednesday morning and were in isolation.
Servais and Acta are vaccinated and must wait at least two days and have no symptoms before testing again. They will need consecutive days of negative tests and approval from the Mariners’ team physician before being allowed to return to the team. It is unclear if Sewald is vaccinated, and the team cannot release that information.
When Servais has been absent in the past, Acta, who had managed in Cleveland, served as interim manager. Instead, Kristopher Negron will serve as manager for the Mariners. Negron joined the Mariners coaching staff in 2020. His only managing experience came last season at Class AAA Tacoma.
Hitting coach Tony Arnerich will serve as third-base coach in place of Acta, and Zach Vincej, who has been coaching with Tacoma, has been brought up to serve as first-base coach. The Mariners will have minor-league hitting coordinator CJ Gilman and special coordinator Dan Wilson in uniform and in the dugout.
With Sewald on the COVID IL, the Mariners selected right-hander Penn Murfee from Tacoma.
Servais, Acta and Sewald join outfielder Mitch Haniger and catcher / designated hitter Luis Torrens with known positive COVID tests. On Tuesday Servais made it mandatory for all coaching staff and support staff to wear masks indoors and during contact with players in hopes of stemming the spread.
Infield coach Perry Hill has been absent the past two days, and MLB sources said he has also tested positive.
Those same sources have said close to a dozen people in the organization, including support staff and in the front office, have tested positive in this recent outbreak.
This story will be updated.