Rangers Analyst, Former Player CJ Nitkowski Tests Positive For COVID-19

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(105.3 The Fan) - Fox Sports Southwest Rangers analyst and former MLB Pitcher CJ Nitkowski has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.

"Earlier today, the Texas Rangers received notification that FOX Sports Southwest broadcaster C.J. Nitkowski has received positive test for COVID-19."

"Working with FOX Sports Southwest, the Rangers immediately began the protocols that are in place for positive COVID tests, and any person who had direct contact with Nitkowski must undergo COVID-19 testing. No individuals will be allowed back into the facility without receiving a negative COVID-19 test."

"Nitkowski had been working only on the Globe Life Field broadcast level and has had no access to Tier 1 and 2 restricted areas or any other locations at Globe Life Field."

"The Globe Life Field broadcast level, including all broadcast booths, was thoroughly sanitized and disinfected today."

"Out of an abundance of caution, FOX Sports Southwest and the Rangers have decided that all broadcast talent and crew who have had access to the television booth for the last several days will not work tonight’s scheduled telecast versus the Houston Astros."

"As a result, FOX Sports Southwest will carry the Texas Rangers radio network broadcast as a simulcast with Eric Nadel, Matt Hicks, and Jared Sandler on the call. FOX Sports Southwest expects to resume its television production for Friday night’s game at the Los Angeles Angels."

"The health and safety of our employees are a top priority, and the Rangers will continue to diligently enforce the pandemic protocols that are in place at Globe Life Field. These include temperature checks upon entering the building, mandatory wearing of face coverings, and regular sanitation and cleaning of the Globe Life Field facilities."

Tonight’s broadcast will be a simulcast with our 105.3 The Fan radio broadcast.

Nitkowski began his media career following his retirement from baseball in 2013, serving as a writer, radio host, studio host, play-by-play announcer, and color analyst throughout his career, before becoming part of the Rangers broadcast team in 2017.

Prior to his media work, Nitkowski spent 10 years as a pitcher in the major leagues, including two seasons with the Rangers in 2002 and 2003.