- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2020

The New York Yankees have told their minor-league players to quarantine for two weeks after one unidentified player tested positive for coronavirus, the first known case of COVID-19 in baseball.


Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that a “younger player” was affected without identifying him, citing HIPAA laws. Cashman said the player “feels much better” and his symptoms had subsided, but he was still isolated.

The sick player did not come in contact with any major-league players, but the quarantine order impacts several dozen minor-league players.

Cashman said the team’s minor-league facility in Tampa will be given a deep clean, “not for the first time this week.”

The Miami Marlins, meanwhile, became the first organization to completely close their complex. Big leaguers were told to take a break and avoid group activities.

Three NBA players have been confirmed to have coronavirus, along with an unidentified football player who played for the XFL’s Seattle Dragons and some athletes and coaches in other parts of the world.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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