Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShields tested positive for COVID-19.
Some bad news from the first day of summer camp, as the Cleveland Indians announced outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. tested positive for COVID-19.
DeShields tested positive before he left to join the Indians and he remains in Florida. The Tribe commenced workouts at Progressive Field July 3.
DeShields will have to test negative before he can travel, and then he’ll have to test negative twice, before he can rejoin the team, according to Tribe president Chris Antonetti. Those negative tests have to come at least 24 hours a part.
DeShields has taken a second test, after testing positive, but the Indians said he’s still awaiting those results, via Cleveland.com.
DeShields reportedly has “very mild symptoms.”
The Indians acquired DeShields, along with Emmanuel Clase, in the trade that sent Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers.
DeShields was seen as someone who could aid the Indians’ outfield problem, in addition to being a threat on the base paths, considering baseball’s new rules about starting a runner on second base in extra innings.
DeShields was to be insurance in case Oscar Mercado suffered from any type of sophomore slump, while the expectation is that he can also help at the corner outfield spots when needed.
I remember watching DeShields as a young prospect playing in the South Atlantic League for the Lexington Legends. Trevor Story was also in the game, playing shortstop for the Asheville Tourists.
At the time, DeShields looked like the best player on the field, while the most I could remember about Story was that he was a skinny kid who had a cool name. DeShields did turn out o be a solid major leaguer, while Story is a star. Needless to say, my career as a scout never took off!
MLB has not announced schedule dates, but the expected return of baseball is expected to be around July 24. Here’s wishing DeShields a smooth recovery. Hopefully we get to see him at the diamond.