Manfred reportedly told this information to the MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark on Friday.
The reported conversation follows multiple coronavirus outbreaks within the league.
League officials have expressed concerns over the presence of the virus and are questioning whether MLB’s protocols are being properly followed by players, the news outlet reports.
Several players who were briefed on the call reportedly fear that if another outbreak materializes or if players do not strictly abide by MLB protocols, Manfred may shut down the season as early as Monday.
During certain games, players have been seen high-fiving each other, spitting and not wearing masks. Some state and local government officials have expressed concern over these behaviors and “pressured baseball about players skirting the mandates outlined in the league’s 113-page operations manual.”
One official even told ESPN “there are some bad decisions being made” when asked about off-the-field choices.