The First Affiliated Minor Leaguer Tests Positive for the Coronavirus (UPDATE)

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The First Affiliated Minor Leaguer Tests Positive for the Coronavirus (UPDATE)

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The reality that we’re facing – a novel virus that had been spreading for weeks before serious detection methods were in place (even now, we still need exponentially more testing in place) –  meant that it was only a matter of time before the first pro ballplayer tested positive for the Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Here it is:

Hopefully the player will be OK. For the MOST part, this illness is very manageable by young and/or healthy individuals. For some, however, it can turn into a bad case of pneumonia (which I’ll tell you from family knowledge, can have a lifelong impact, even in otherwise healthy folks). So definitely, the first hope here is that the young man will be fine after he gets care.

More broadly, though, you wonder how he became infected, and how many people in the Yankees organization he had close contact with while he was a carrier. That’s how the exponential spread can be bad even before you realize how many people are sick. And in the clubhouse situations at baseball facilities? Hopefully we don’t see too much more spread around the Yankees, or other baseball teams.

UPDATE: As expected, a quarantine:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.