Indians outfielder Delino DeShields has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and doing well with minor symptoms, according to club president Chris Antonetti. Per MLB guidelines, DeShields will need to test negative twice before he can travel with the team again.
From Antonetti, Delino DeShields has tested positive for COVID-19. He is said to be doing well with mild symptoms. He’ll have to test negative twice before he can travel and join the team.— Ryan Lewis (@ByRyanLewis) July 3, 2020
DeShields has not yet traveled to Cleveland and is still at home.
DeShields is the first Indians player to be named with the virus, but there were multiple anonymous cases disclosed by Antonetti last week. Though the Indians, along with the rest of Major League Baseball, have started “summer camp” with the goal of opening the season in mid-July, DeShields will obviously miss that and not be traveling until he is cleared.
The Indians added DeShields last December in the trade that also sent Corey Kluber to the Rangers in exchange for reliever Emmanuel Clase.