The Boston Red Sox announced Tuesday that a minor league player had tested positive for the coronavirus. The unidentified player received the diagnosis on Monday, and is doing well, the Red Sox sai…
The Boston Red Sox announced Tuesday that a minor league player had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The unidentified player received the diagnosis on Monday, and is doing well, the Red Sox said in a statement. The team also said the player, the first in the Red Sox organization to test positive for the virus, had “more than likely” contracted the illness after leaving the Fenway South Red Sox training facility in Fort Myers on March 15.
As a precaution, the Red Sox will shut down the ballpark and surrounding buildings for the next two weeks and will do a deep cleaning to disinfect the facility.
Following the advice of healthcare professionals, the club has instructed all players and staff who came into close contact with the affected player to self-quarantine for a period of two weeks, the Red Sox said in a statement.
Two Yankees minor leaguers also have tested positive for the virus after taking part in spring training at the club’s minor league complex in Tampa. The Red Sox and Yankees are the only MLB franchises to have a known coronavirus case among their players.
There are still a few Red Sox players who have been training voluntarily at the Fenway South facility since MLB spring training was canceled on March 12. Those players now cannot return to the facility for two weeks and must train elsewhere.