Phillies' Didi Gregorius to wear mask during games 

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during workouts at Citizens Bank Park.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPLHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In the coming weeks, more major professional sports, including baseball, will hopefully start holding official games for the first time in over four months. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of athletes will likely not wear masks while playing. However, Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius will don a mask as he takes the field amid these unprecedented circumstances. 

“I’m definitely wearing it in games, because I take it as safety for everybody — for me and people around me," Gregorius said. "That’s why I’m playing in it right now, so I can get accustomed to it.”The 30-year-old, who’s in his first season with the Phils, has a chronic kidney disease that makes him a high-risk player. 

That said, Gregorius said he feels like the Phils and his teammates are doing what they need to make sure there isn’t an outbreak of COVID-19.

“I’m really comfortable with these guys here. Everybody’s following the rules," he said.

6 feet please!! pic.twitter.com/ozBFE9kJFj

— Sir Didi Gregorius (@DidiG18) July 7, 2020 And the team’s doctors have been very helpful to the shortstop. 

“We have been in really good communication and try to go through the guidelines and doing everything we have to do to stay safe,” he added.Meanwhile, Gregorius has many hobbies, including photography, drawing and playing the piano. A new hobby he got to hone during the break was tattooing.​