Major League Baseball (MLB) has explained the delayed results of its league-wide intake testing for coronavirus in response to harsh criticism.
The league issued a statement on Monday which stated that the Independence Day weekend caused logistical delays and that all results from players' initial tests would be completed by the end of the day.
It comes as some teams have had to skip team workouts or delay the beginning of their training camps just weeks before the scheduled start of the shortened season.
"Our plan required extensive delivery and shipping services, including proactive special accommodations to account for the holiday weekend," the statement said.
"Unfortunately, several situations included unforeseen delays.
"We have addressed the delays caused by the holiday weekend and do not expect a recurrence. We commend the affected Clubs that responded properly by cancelling workouts."
The Oakland Athletics opted to push back their first full-squad training session when testing results were not available on Friday, and the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros cancelled workouts Monday.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo blasted the league earlier on Monday for not producing testing results as promised.
"We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families. Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp," Rizzo said.
"Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk."
The league admitted fault for the delayed results but indicated they were an anomaly, with 95 percent of intake tests completed.
"The process has not been without some unforeseen difficulties, which are being addressed with the service providers that are essential to the execution of the protocols," the league's statement explained.
"It is important to be mindful that nearly all of the individuals have been tested as planned. The health and safety of our players and employees will remain our highest priorities."