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The right-handed pitcher was going to the second season of his career with Arizona | Norm Hall / .

MLB players with a guaranteed contract may choose not to play the 2020 campaign due to the risk of COVID-19 contagion. The first to announce he won’t participate is Arizona Rattlesnake starting pitcher Mike Leake.

The pitcher is a 32-year veteran who has 1,829 innings of work during his time in the majors.

Hearing that #Dbacks RHP Mike Leake will opt out of participating during the 2020 MLB season.

– Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) June 29, 2020

In 2019 he finished with a 4.29 ERA in 197 working episodes with the Mariners and the Jingle Bells.

Mike Leake has opted out due to the pandemic this year. He will not be paid in 2020 but his option and buyout are still active for ’21. Agent Danny Horwits said Mike and his family weighed many personal factors, he wishes his teammates well and he’ll be back in 2021. #dbacks

– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 29, 2020

With the deserters, he had a place in the starting rotation behind ace Madison Bumgarner and Robbie Ray. She is in the last year of her $ 80 million deal and her 2020 salary was $ 15 million. With the sales, he is giving up about $ 5 million of the payment that was due for the apportionment of 60 duels.

Mike Leake will be a free agent in 2021.

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Rep. Mike Kelly Donating Blood Plasma To Research After Coronavirus Recovery

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A congressman from Pennsylvania who has recovered from coronavirus is now helping other patients.

Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler County, says his blood plasma is being used in a research program at UPMC.

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Kelly says he has the right antibodies that researchers hope can help COVID-19 patients recover.

“They take my blood. It goes through a machine. They separate the plasma. The rest of your blood goes back into your body, so you don’t lose any blood,” said Kelly. “All you lose is the plasma, but it regenerates itself pretty quickly. And hopefully, hopefully, not only myself, but others who have the antibodies will participate in a program like this. Getting a cure for this is really, really essential.”

Kelly says he’s already donated plasma several times and will continue to do so.

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