Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius will be wearing a face mask during Major League Baseball games this season.
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Gregorius, 30, has a chronic kidney disorder that makes him "high risk" for COVID-19.
“I had a really good conversation with the doctors here, and they said I was one of the high-risk players and everything," Gregorius told reporters via The Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday.
"So, we had a really good conversation. They ask me every day what they can do to make it better for me, so there has been really good communication. We are trying to go through the guidelines and trying to do everything we can do to stay safe. So, that’s why people see me walking around with a mask on and stuff. I am keeping myself safe, wearing a mask everywhere I go. So, I have to keep it on me all the time.”
Major League Baseball is requiring players to wear masks to and from the ballparks, but not while they are in the field or dugout.
Gregorius was diagnosed with the disorder in 2011, missing the first two months of his minor-league season. Gregorius has not missed time because of the issue since then, but did face a decision about sitting out the shortened 60-game 2020 season. Ultimately, Gregorius -- who is on a one-year, $14 million contract -- has decided to give it a go.
The Phillies will begin the 2020 regular season on Friday, July 24th at 7:05pm at Citizens Bank Park vs. the Miami Marlins.