Here is the latest MLB news from the past couple of weeks:APRIL 16Major League Baseball saw a slight uptick in positive COVID-19 test results among players and personnel over the past week. In their weekly joint statement, MLB and the MLB Players Association announced on Friday that three new players and three staff members returned positive coronavirus results in the latest round of testing. MLB had recorded four positive COVID-19 tests over each of the previous three weeks. Read more here.APRIL 14The Twins placed shortstop Andrelton Simmons on the COVID-19-related injured list. Simmons did test positive and has exhibited “very mild” symptoms, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey announced to reporters. There were no other positives on the roster. Simmons will be away from the team for at least a 10-day period under the league’s 2021 health and safety protocols. Read more here.As Matt Young explained for the Houston Chronicle, the Astros placed second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, catcher Martin Maldonado and backup infielder Robel Garcia on the injured list ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Detroit Tigers due to MLB's health and safety protocols. Read more here.APRIL 13The Cubs have placed infielder Matt Duffy on the COVID-19 list and selected the contract of fellow infelder Ildemaro Vargas from their alternate site, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic tweets. Duffy is the fourth Cubs player to land on the COVID list this week, joining pitchers Jason Adam, Brandon Workman and Dan Winkler. Read more here.Toronto’s outfield will continue to go without Teoscar Hernandez, who tested positive for COVID-19, per Scott Mitchell of TSN. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Hernandez will quarantine for 10 days, and then the Jays will re-evaluate from there. Read more here.APRIL 12The Blue Jays have activated Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from the COVID-19 injured list, the team announced. Gurriel left Friday’s game and spent two days on the COVID-IL due to some side effects after receiving a vaccine. Read more here.The Nationals announced a series of roster moves as they continue to bring players back from the COVID-19 list. Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber and Josh Harrison are all back from COVID protocols and are active for Monday night’s game .Jon Lester is the only player still on the COVID-related injury list, as the Nationals have just about all of their roster back following the coronavirus outbreak that forced Washington to postpone its first four games of the season. Read more here.The Cubs have placed three members of their bullpen – right-handers Jason Adam, Brandon Workman and Dan Winkler – on the COVID-19 injured list, Robert Murray of FanSided was among those to report. The move came “out of abundance of caution” after bullpen coach Chris Young tested positive for COVID-19. Read more here.APRIL 11Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora and members of the coaching staff received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before returning from spring training in Fort Myers. No Red Sox players have received the vaccine yet, but Cora said Sunday that he believes at least 85% of them will opt to get vaccinated, according to MassLive's Christopher Smith. Read more here.APRIL 10The Washington Nationals announced they have reinstated Patrick Corbin from the COVID injured list. Read more here.APRIL 9Major League Baseball has once again recorded four new positive COVID-19 test results across a week. MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly announced on Friday that one new MLB player, two staff members and one player from an alternate site returned positive results from the latest round of coronavirus testing. Technically, it's the third straight week MLB has recorded four positives, but it appears the league's health and safety protocols combined with personnel receiving vaccine shots are thus far working toward achieving the goal of completing the season on time and without delays. Read more here.Gio Urshela is experiencing side effects from the vaccine and has been placed on the COVID injured list, the Yankees announced ahead of Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Read more here.The Blue Jays will likely be back in Buffalo. As Keegan Matheson wrote for the league's official website, the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, announced on Friday that they're beginning the season in Trenton, N.J., while the Blue Jays renovate Buffalo's Sahlen Field to prepare it for MLB action. Read more here.APRIL 8The New York Yankees appear like they will soon reach the 85% COVID-19 vaccination rate, manager Aaron Boone revealed this week. Hitting that benchmark would mean the Yankees would satisfy MLB’s requirements for relaxed COVID-19 heath and safety protocols. “I’m very optimistic we’ll get to that point very soon,’’ Boone said Wednesday, per the New York Post. “It’s a matter of when we got that opportunity, which I know is coming.” Boone, who also was recently vaccinated, indicated the team brought in doctors to educate players and staff on the wisdom, not to mention safety, of getting inoculated against COVID-19. Read more here.APRIL 7Many professional athletes have spoken about how much they missed having fans at games during the pandemic, but Zack Greinke offered a different take during the playoffs last year. Now that ballparks are once again allowing spectators, the pitcher seems to have changed his mind. “It has been pretty nice having the fans in the stadium actually,” the right-hander said, via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. “I thought I enjoyed it last year without them. So far, I would say it’s been pretty nice having the fans. Going home will be nice also.” Read more here.Max Scherzer threw six innings in the Washington Nationals’ win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, and it sounds like he would have preferred to do so in front of more fans. The Nationals have been given permission by their local government to have 5,000 fans at their ballpark, which is roughly how many attended Tuesday’s game. There were no fans seated in the upper deck area, and Scherzer found that puzzling. He said as much while speaking with reporters after the 6-5 victory. Read more here.Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters ahead of Wednesday's home game versus the Kansas City Royals that half of the team’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel, which includes players and others in the traveling party, received the first of two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots at Progressive Field on Tuesday. The remaining members willingly accepting the vaccine will receive shots on Thursday. Read more here.The Mets and Nationals had their regular-season opening series postponed last week due to COVID-19 concerns impacting Washington. MLB confirmed the makeup dates for those games on Wednesday. Read more here.APRIL 6Mets president Sandy Alderson admitted Monday that “there has been some hesitation on the part of some players” on the team over whether to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Because of the uncertainty among some Mets players, the team has scheduled a Zoom session Tuesday with an independent medical expert who is expected to extol the wisdom, not to mention safety, of getting vaccinated. What’s more, the Mets will schedule a vaccination session at Citi Field on Thursday with the hope that Tuesday’s educational presentation will convince more players to be inoculated. Read more here.Led by starting pitchers Patrick Corbin, Jon Lester and reliever Brad Hand, the Nationals added catchers Alex Avila and Yan Gomes, first baseman Josh Bell, infielders Josh Harrison and Jorday Mercer and outfielder Kyle Schwarber to the IL due to safety protocols. Four Nationals players tested positive for COVID-19, and another seven were quarantined after being deemed close contacts. The team has not indicated which players are affected. Read more here.APRIL 5According to team president Sandy Alderson, J.D. Davis isn't alone among Mets members experiencing "hesitation" as it pertains to receiving vaccines. Alderson added on Monday that the Mets want "to get as many players as possible vaccinated." Read more here.Washington won't begin the campaign until Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves at the earliest, and MLB insider Jon Heyman has confirmed that four Washington players have thus far tested positive for the coronavirus. Another seven are in quarantine. Read more here.Marlins 1B/OF Garrett Cooper was placed on the IL due to an adverse reaction after receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a fairly common side effect for some vaccinated patients. Because there is no 10-day minimum attached to the COVID list, Cooper could be back in action as early as Tuesday if he is feeling better, though the Marlins chose to sideline him. Read more here.APRIL 4The Washington Nationals have been cleared to begin their season on Tuesday after having their first four games postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here.APRIL 3Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brusdar Graterol opened the 2021 campaign on the injured list, but it is not the result of an injury. Graterol's stint on the IL is "related to COVID from the past," according to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times. Read more here.APRIL 2The New York Mets' Opening Day game against the Nationals on Thursday was postponed because of coronavirus concerns after at least three Washington players tested positive for COVID-19. The Mets and Nationals were supposed to play on Saturday and Sunday, but now both sides won't meet at all, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The Mets will open the season on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Read more here.Mets 3B J.D. Davis said he is unsure if he'll get the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more here.Major League Baseball has settled on a 20-round draft for the 2021 season, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports. That outcome has long seemed likely, as it is the minimum number of rounds required in the 2020 agreement between MLB and the MLBPA. While it’s obviously a step up from last year’s five-round event, the 20-round length still clocks in at half the length of the standard 40-round draft. Read more here.MLB and the MLB Players Association announced that three new players and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week. It's the second straight week the league has recorded four new positive coronavirus cases. From March 12-18, only one player tested positive. Read more here.APRIL 1President Joe Biden criticized the Texas Rangers' decision to place no limit on fan capacity for their home opener, calling the decision a "mistake." The Rangers are the only team that is placing no cap on fan attendance for their home opener on April 5 against the Toronto Blue Jays, meaning that over 40,000 fans could be gathered at Globe Life Field for the game. Fans attending the home opener will be required to wear masks, except when they are eating or drinking at their seats. After the home opener, the team is planning to have "distanced seating" sections, which will feature more space between occupied seats. Read more here.MARCH 30The Astros announced that Myles Straw, Abraham Toro and Garrett Stubbs have rejoined the team after clearing COVID-19 protocols. The trio were absent for contract-tracing purposes in the wake of another positive test within Houston’s camp. In addition, Tigers pitching coach Chris Fetter tested positive for COVID-19, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters. Other coaches are out of camp while contact tracing and further tests are administered, though it appears to be somewhat precautionary, as Hinch said that “no one else — player, staff — has been impacted or affected by this.” Read more here.The Blue Jays confirmed that their third homestand of the upcoming MLB regular season has been relocated to their spring training facility of TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., due to the continued closure of the border that separates the United States and Canada to non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They announced on Feb. 18 that their first two homestands would be played in Florida. To date, Toronto now has 22 of 81 home games scheduled to occur at TD Ballpark rather than Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won't return to Toronto until May 31, an off day, at the absolute earliest. They hope to fill TD Ballpark to 15% capacity for home games that begin April 8. Typically, the venue seats approximately 8,500 fans. Read more here.MARCH 29Houston Astros players, who choose to do so, will receive the COVID-19 vaccine before Opening Day, manager Dusty Baker said Monday, per The Athletic's Jake Kaplan. Read more here.With the vaccine becoming more available across the country, Major League Baseball is expected to relax health and safety protocols for teams who have at least 85% of their Tier 1 players vaccinated, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Read more here.However, per Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said on Monday his club may not hit the 85% mark due to players opting against vaccination. Read more here.