Hayes was sent to the Pirates' alternate training camp in Altoona on Wednesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Hayes wasn't able to join his teammates until Monday after previously testing positive for COVID-19, so it makes sense that he won't be ready for game action just yet. He wasn't necessarily ever all that likely to be on the Pirates' Opening Day roster, as he's yet to make his major-league debut. However, he played a full season for Triple-A Indianapolis last year and hit a sold .265/.336/.415, so he should be called upon at some point this year.
Hayes (illness) was healthy enough to practice at PNC Park on Monday while his teammates traveled to Cleveland for an exhibition game against the Indians, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. He may report to the Pirates' alternate training site in Altoona after missing summer camp time due to COVID-19. Colin Moran has had a strong camp at third base, alleviating the need to bring Hayes along quickly. Look for the prospect to make his debut sometime in August.
Hayes (illness) cleared MLB protocol Monday and will rejoin the team soon, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Hayes hadn't yet reported to camp while recovering from COVID-19, but he'll be able to join the team soon after producing two negative tests. It's unclear whether the 23-year-old experienced any symptoms or what shape he'll be in upon his return. He was always expected to open the year at the team's alternate training site, but could eventually replace Colin Moran at third base if he gets back to 100 percent.
Manager Derek Shelton said Sunday that Hayes has tested positive for COVID-19, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Hayes had been absent from camp over the past several days for an undisclosed reason, and Shelton was able to reveal the positive test Sunday. It's unclear whether Hayes is experiencing symptoms, but he'll need to produce two negative tests before MLB protocol allows him to rejoin the team. With Opening Day scheduled for Friday, it's unclear how much of the regular season the 23-year-old will miss as a result of the illness.
Manager Derek Shelton gave no reason as to Hayes's absence from summer camp, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. Shelton previously had said all the players they expected to be in Pittsburgh had reported, which would include Hayes. A week ago the manager also said that Colin Moran would serve as the team's starting third baseman early in the season. Unless Hayes returns to the fold soon, he's likely looking at starting the year in alternative spring training in Altoona.