Scott Servais and Manny Acta are both sidelined by COVID while Seattle Mariners face off against Texas Rangers

SEATTLE — Seattle MarinersManny Acta, third base coach and Scott Servais manager, have been positive for COVID-19. Manny Acta will be absent starting with Wednesday's match against the Philadelphia Phillies. Texas Rangers.

Kristopher Negron is the first base coach and will act as acting manager. Negron previously managed Seattle's Triple A affiliate, before joining the major-league staff.

Seattle also added Tacoma coach Zach Vincej and C.J. As assistants, Gillman and Dan Wilson were added to the bench by special assignment coordinator Dan Wilson.

Seattle is witnessing an increasing number of COVID-19-related cases that are affecting the franchise. It also placed righthanders Paul SewaldCOVID-19 injured on Wednesday, joining outfielder Mitch HanigerAnd catcher/designated batter Luis Torrens. To fill Sewald's roster spot, Penn Murfree, right-hander, was selected from Triple-A Tacoma.

Servais shared the news Tuesday with players that several staff members have tested positive in recent days. Servais wore a mask on Tuesday during his pregame media appearance, when he announced Torrens' positive result.

“I want you to be safe. We are confident that we won't lose any more players because of the protocols MLB has put in place,” Servais stated Tuesday.

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