PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Manager Derek Shelton confirmed the news on Friday.
"The protocol worked," Shelton said. "I cannot speak high enough about how Gregory went about it. He protected his teammates."
To hear pitcher Joe Musgrove tell it, Polanco maned up and acted the right way.
"When he pulled himself out of the workout, he wasn't sick at all," Musgrove said. "He wasn't feeling any symptoms. Any other day he would come to the park. He was really caution and really smart and pulled himself out of the workout. He ended up saving a good amount of people from having it."
"We shot him a text this morning and told him it sucks that you are out but we really appreciate you being honest and stepping forward and saying something and not just coming to try and stick it out. He handled it really well and definitely saved a lot of our guys from missing time."
Shelton said he wasn't giving up on Polanco being available for Opening Day in St. Louis next Friday.
For a player to return from COVID-19, they must test negative on two separate tests, pass and EKG and pass a physical to return.
Shelton says the Pirates will bring up a player from Double AA Altoona.
"He's doing well," Shelton said of Polanco resting in quarantine. "Unbelievable teammate."
The Pirates are set to travel to Cleveland to take on the Indians for three exhibition games. Games will be played every other day beginning Saturday and can be heard on The Fan. Games start at 7:05 p.m.
The Pirates kick off the 60-game regular season next Friday in St. Louis against the Cardinals. Firsts pitch is 8:15 p.m.
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